TABLE 1-4 - Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2009

TABLE 1-4 - Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2009

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Category Number of fatalities Percent
Passenger car occupants 13,095 36.5
Light-truck occupants 10,287 28.6
Motorcyclists 4,462 12.4
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,092 11.4
Recreational boating 736 2.0
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 630 1.8
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 563 1.6
Large-truck occupants 503 1.4
General aviation 474 1.3
Railroad trespassers (excluding grade crossing) 427 1.2
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehicles 150 0.4
Heavy-rail transit 96 0.3
Waterborne, not related to vessel casualties 93 0.3
Grade crossings, not including motor vehicles 70 0.2
Waterborne, commercial vessel-related 57 0.2
Air carriers 52 0.1
Light-rail transit 33 0.1
Bus occupants 26 0.1
Railroad employees, contractors, and volunteers on duty 20 0.1
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 19 0.1
Air taxi 17 0.0
Gas transmission and distribution pipeline 9 0.0
Hazardous liquid pipeline 4 0.0
Passengers on railroad trains 3 0.0
Commuter air 0 0.0
Total fatalities 35,918 100.0
Other counts, redundant with above    
Large-truck crashes, occupants and nonoccupants 3,380  
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 161  
Commuter rail 67  

NOTES: See table 1-3 for detailed notes. Percents may not add to 100 due to rounding. Data for General aviation, Railroad trespassers, all three grade crossing categories, Air carriers, Bus occupants, Railroad employees, Air taxi, Passengers on railroad trains, and Commuter air are preliminary.

SOURCES: Air: National Transportation Safety Board; Highway: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Pipeline: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety; Railroad: Federal Railroad Administration; Transit: Federal Transit Administration; Waterborne: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 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 2-4, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2011.