TABLE 2-2-1 - Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 1995-2007

TABLE 2-2-1 - Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 1995-2007

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Air 964 1,093 724 671 681 764 1,166 616 699 637 603 771 535
U.S. air carrier 168 380 8 1 12 92 531 0 22 14 22 50 1
Commuter carrier 9 14 46 0 12 5 13 0 2 0 0 2 0
On-demand air taxi 52 63 39 45 38 71 60 35 42 64 18 16 43
General aviation 735 636 631 625 619 596 562 581 633 559 563 703 491
Highway 41,817 42,063 42,013 41,501 41,717 41,945 42,196 43,005 42,884 42,836 43,510 42,708 41,059
Passenger car occupants 22,423 22,505 22,199 21,194 20,862 20,699 20,320 20,569 19,725 19,192 18,512 17,925 16,520
Motorcyclists 2,227 2,161 2,116 2,294 2,483 2,897 3,197 3,270 3,714 4,028 4,576 4,837 5,154
Truck occupants, light 9,568 9,932 10,249 10,705 11,265 11,526 11,723 12,274 12,546 12,674 13,037 12,761 12,413
Truck occupants, large 648 621 723 742 759 754 708 689 726 766 804 805 802
Bus occupants 33 21 18 38 59 22 34 45 41 42 58 27 37
Pedestrians 5,584 5,449 5,321 5,228 4,939 4,763 4,901 4,851 4,774 4,675 4,892 4,795 4,654
Pedalcyclists 833 765 814 760 754 693 732 665 629 727 786 772 698
Other 501 609 573 540 596 591 581 642 729 732 845 786 781
Pipeline 21 53 10 21 22 38 7 12 12 23 16 19 15
Hazardous liquid pipeline 3 5 0 2 4 1 0 1 0 5 2 0 4
Gas pipeline 18 48 10 19 18 37 7 11 12 18 14 19 11
Railroad 1,146 1,039 1,063 1,008 932 937 971 951 865 891 884 903 845
Highway-rail grade crossing 579 488 461 431 402 425 421 357 334 371 359 369 335
Railroad (mostly trespassers) 567 551 602 577 530 512 550 594 531 520 525 534 510
Transit 274 264 275 286 299 295 267 280 234 248 236 227 214
Highway-rail grade crossing 17 7 12 26 21 20 13 24 21 29 23 21 27
Transit 257 257 263 260 278 275 254 256 213 219 213 206 187
Waterborne 1,016 906 989 1,033 928 888 828 857 807 759 777 797 769
Commercial vessel-related 53 55 48 69 58 53 53 66 54 48 45 48 52
Not related to vessel 134 142 120 149 136 134 94 41 50 35 35 39 32
Recreational boating 829 709 821 815 734 701 681 750 703 676 697 710 685

NOTES: The actual number of deaths for passengers on trains from 1996-2007 was: 1996 (12), 1997 (6), 1998 (4), 1999 (14), 2000 (4), 2001 (3), 2002 (7), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (16), 2006 (2), 2007 (5).

Caution is needed in comparing fatalities across modes because of different definitions. For example, rail and transit fatalities include incident-related (not just moving vehicle related) fatalities, such as fatalities from falls in transit stations or railroad employee fatalities from a fire in a workshed, while fatalities at airports not caused by moving aircraft or fatalities from accidents in automobile repair shops are not counted.

SOURCES: Air: National Transportation Safety Board, Highway: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pipeline: Office of Pipeline Safety, Railroad: Federal Railroad Administration, Transit: Federal Transit Administration, Waterborne: U.S. Coast Guard as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-1, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2009.