Table 1 - Fatalities by Transportation Mode

Table 1 - Fatalities by Transportation Mode

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Year Air carriers1 Commuter air1 On-demand air taxi2 General aviation2 Highway3 Rail4 Transit5 Waterborne6 Recreational boating Gas and hazardous liquid pipeline
1975 124 28 69 1,252 44,525 575 N 573 1,466 15
1980 1 37 105 1,239 51,091 584 N 487 1,360 19
1985 526 37 76 956 43,825 454 N 261 1,116 33
1990 39 7 R51 R767 44,599 599 339 186 865 9
1995 168 9 52 734 41,817 567 274 183 829 21
1999 12 12 38 630 41,611 530 299 111 734 26
20007 92 5 71 592 41,800 518 NA NA NA 38

1 Large carriers operating under 14 CFR 121, all scheduled and nonscheduled service.
2 All scheduled and nonscheduled service operating under 14 CFR 135 and all operations other than those operating under 14 CFR 121 and 14 CFR 135.
3 Includes occupants of passenger cars, light trucks, large trucks, buses, motorcycles, other or unknown vehicles, nonmotorists, pedestrians, and pedalcyclists. Motor vehicle fatalities at grade crossings are counted here.
4 Includes fatalities resulting from train accidents, train incidents, and nontrain incidents (e.g., fires in railroad repair sheds). Thus, the data cover many nonpassengers, making comparisons to other modes difficult. Motor vehicle fatalities at grade crossings are counted in the highway column. Figures include Amtrak.
5 Includes motor bus, commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, demand responsive, van pool, and automated guideway.Some transit fatalities are also counted in other modes. Reporting criteria and source of data changed between 1989 and 1990. Starting in 1990, fatality figures include those occurring throughout the transit station, including nonpatrons. Fatalities include those arising from incidents involving no moving vehicle (e.g., falls on transit property). Thus, the data cover many nonpassengers, making comparisons to other modes difficult. Prior to 1998, only data from directly operated transit services were reported. Beginning in 1998, fatality data for purchased transit service, such as paratransit services, were included.
6 Includes fatalities related to vessel and nonvessel casualties (e.g., an individual who falls overboard and drowns).
7 All 2000 numbers are preliminary.

KEY: N = data are nonexistent; NA = not available; R = revised.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2000 (Washington, DC: 2001).