Freight Facts and Figures 2013
Table 5-2. Injuries by Freight Transportation Mode: 1990, 2000, and 2010-2012
Historically, the highway mode has accounted for nearly all injuries in freight transportation, but the number of injuries has dropped substantially since 1990.
|Total transportation fatalities (passenger and freight)||3,269,465||3,217,115||(R) 2,258,768||(R) 2,234,245||U|
|Highway (passenger and freight)||3,230,666||3,188,750||(R) 2,239,000||2,217,000||2,362,000|
|Large truck occupants1||41,822||30,832||20,000||23,000||25,000|
|Others injured in crashes involving large trucks||108,000||109,000||60,000||66,000||79,000|
|Large truck occupants1 (percent)||1.3||1.0||0.9||1.0||1.1|
|Others injured in crashes involving large trucks (percent)||3.3||3.4||3.9||3.0||3.3|
|Railroad (passenger and freight)||(R) 22,957||(R) 10,614||(R) 7,671||(R) 7,550||U|
|Highway-rail grade crossing2||(R) 221||(R) 190||(R) 169||(R) 216||U|
|Railroad2,3||(R) 22,736||(R) 10,424||(R) 7,502||(R) 7,334||U|
|Waterborne (passenger and freight)||NA||(R) 758||(R) 677||(R) 901||U|
|Mobile offshore drilling units||13||0||10||6||U|
|Non vessel-related4||NA||607||(R) 542||(R) 654||U|
|Pipeline||76||81||(R) 109||(R) 57||58|
|Hazardous liquid pipeline||7||4||4||2||4|
|Gas pipeline||69||77||(R) 105||(R) 55||54|
Key: NA = not available; R = revised; U = unavailable at date 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 injuries 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. Excludes highway-rail grade crossing injuries involving motor vehicles at public highway-rail grade crossings which are counted under Highway.
3Includes Amtrak. Injuies include those resulting from train accidents, train incidents, and nontrain incidents.
4Vessel-related injuries include those involving damage to vessels, such as collisions or groundings. Not vessel-related injuries include those from falls overboard or from accidents involving onboard equipment.
5Includes industrial vessel, oil recovery, passenger (inspected), passenger (uninspected), recreational, research vessel, unclassified, and unknown data.
Highway: Total: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Large Trucks (annual issues); 2010-2012: 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 http://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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