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1-2 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2011


Category Number Percent
Passenger car occupants 11,981 35.09
Light-truck occupants 9,272 27.15
Motorcyclists 4,612 13.51
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,432 12.98
Recreational boating 758 2.22
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 677 1.98
Large-truck occupants 635 1.86
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 506 1.48
General aviation 443 1.30
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesa 198 0.58
Railroad trespassers (excluding grade crossings)b 134 0.39
Heavy rail transit (subway) 97 0.28
Transit buses (motorbus) 92 0.27
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesc 88 0.26
Bus occupants (school, intercity, transit) 54 0.16
On-demand air taxi 41 0.12
Light rail transit 36 0.11
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) 34 0.10
Rail employees on duty and contractorsb 32 0.09
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 28 0.08
Gas distribution pipelines 13 0.04
Demand response transit 4 0.01
Railroad, other (off-duty and nontrespassers) 3 0.01
Hazardous liquid pipelines 1 <0.01
Other counts, redundant with above    
Crashes involving large trucksd 3,757  
Commuter raile 57  

aIncludes nonoccupant fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, except pedalcyclists and pedestrians. bIncludes fatalities outside trains. cPublic grade crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles are included in motor vehicle counts. dUnless otherwise noted, includes fatalities outside vehicles. eIncludes fatalities on directly operated systems, excluding suicides.

Notes: Highway data for 2011 are preliminary.

Sources: Air—National Transportation Safety Board. Highway—National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Railroad—Federal Railroad Administration. Transit—Federal Transit Administration and personal communication. Waterborne—U.S. Coast Guard. Recreational boating—U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety. Pipeline—Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 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 accessed December 2012.