Freight Facts and Figures 2013
Table 5-1. Fatalities by Freight Transportation Mode: 1980, 1990, and 2000–2012 (Historical)
|Total transportation fatalities (passenger and freight)||(R) 52,306||(R) 47,379||(R) 44,376||(R) 44,933||(R) 45,262||(R) 45,110||(R) 45,035||(R) 45,645||(R) 45,018||(R) 43,314||(R) 39,505||(R) 35,921||(R) 34,968||(R) 34,349||U|
|Highway (passenger and freight)||51,091||44,599||41,945||42,196||43,005||42,884||42,836||(R) 43,510||42,708||41,259||37,423||(R) 33,883||(R) 32,999||32,367||33,561|
|Large truck occupants1||1,262||705||754||708||689||(R) 726||(R) 766||804||805||805||(R) 682||(R) 499||(R) 530||635||697|
|Others killed in crashes involving large trucks||4,709||4,567||4,528||4,403||4,250||4,263||4,429||4,409||4,222||4,017||(R) 3,139||(R) 2,551||3,146||3,122||3,224|
|Large truck occupants1 (percent)||2.5||1.6||1.8||1.7||1.6||1.7||1.8||1.8||1.9||2.0||1.8||1.5||1.6||2.0||2.1|
|Others killed in crashes involving large trucks (percent)||9.2||10.2||10.8||10.4||9.9||9.9||10.3||10.1||9.9||9.7||8.4||7.5||9.6||9.6||9.6|
|Railroad (passenger and freight)||(R) 709||(R) 729||(R) 631||(R) 656||(R) 680||(R) 616||(R) 635||(R) 626||(R) 636||(R) 624||(R) 605||(R) 535||(R) 600||(R) 557||U|
|Highway-rail crossing2||(R) 125||(R) 130||(R) 119||(R) 106||(R) 86||(R) 85||(R) 115||(R) 101||(R) 102||(R) 112||(R) 91||(R) 88||(R) 125||(R) 110||U|
|Railroad2,3||(R) 584||(R) 599||(R) 512||(R) 550||(R) 594||(R) 531||(R) 520||(R) 525||(R) 534||(R) 512||(R) 514||(R) 447||(R) 475||(R) 447||U|
|Waterborne (passenger and freight)||487||186||111||144||120||115||108||126||111||120||123||107||93||62||U|
|Vessel-related4||206||85||(R) 42||(R) 50||(R) 66||(R) 54||(R) 48||(R) 66||(R) 55||(R) 61||(R) 56||(R) 54||41||28||U|
|Mobile offshore drilling units||NA||0||0||2||0||2||1||0||2||1||4||1||0||0||U|
|Not vessel-related4||281||101||69||(R) 94||(R) 54||(R) 61||(R) 60||(R) 60||(R) 56||(R) 59||(R) 67||53||52||34||U|
|Pipeline||19||9||38||7||12||12||23||(R) 14||(R) 21||15||(R) 8||13||(R) 22||(R) 14||12|
|Hazardous liquid pipeline||4||3||1||0||1||0||5||2||0||4||2||4||1||1||3|
|Gas pipeline||15||6||37||7||12||12||18||(R) 12||(R) 21||11||6||(R) 9||(R) 21||(R) 13||9|
Key: R = revised; U = unavailable at time of publication.
1Large trucks are defined as trucks over the 10,000 pound gross vehicle weight rating, including single-unit trucks and truck tractors.
2Includes Amtrak. Fatalities include those resulting from train accidents, train incidents, and nontrain incidents. Train and commuter rail occupant and nonoccupant fatalities, excluding public highway-rail grade crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles.
3Fatalities involving motor vehicles at private highway-rail grade crossings and fatalities not involving motor vehicles at all highway-rail grade crossings resulting from freight and passenger rail operations including commuter rail. Highway-rail grade crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles at public highway-rail grade crossings are counted under Highway. Most fatalities involve trespassers who are included under other incidents.
4Vessel-related casualties include those involving damage to vessels such as collisions or groundings. Fatalities not related to vessel casualties include deaths from falling overboard or from accidents involving onboard equipment.
5Includes industrial vessel, passenger (inspected), passenger (uninspected), recreational, research vessel, unclassified, and unknown data.
Caution must be exercised in comparing fatalities across modes because significantly different definitions are used.
Total: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, available at www.bts.gov as of October 4, 2013.
Highway: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Large Trucks (annual issues); 2008-2012: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts - Highlights (annual issues).
Railroad: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, available at safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/default.asp as of October 4, 2013.
Waterborne: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division, personal communication, September 30, 2013.
Pipeline: U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Pipeline Safety Program, Pipeline Library, available at http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/PipelineLibrary.htm as of October 4, 2013.
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