Table 5-2: Injured Persons by Freight Transportation Mode
About 120,000 people are injured each year in freight transportation. Like fatalities, most injuries involve trucks. Yet, these injuries account for less than 5 percent of the total number of people injured on the highway each year. Approximately, 10 percent of injures are the result of non-highway related incidents, mostly railroading. Since 1980, railroading has become much safer with a drop in injuries of about 80 percent.
|Total injured persons (passenger and freight)||NA||NA||3,240,424||NA|
|Highway (passenger and freight)||NA||3,231,000||3,189,000||2,889,000|
|Large truck occupants1||N||42,000||31,000||27,000|
|Others injured in crashes involving large trucks||N||108,000||109,000||95,000|
|Large truck occupants1 (percent)||N||1.3||1.0||0.9|
|Others injured in crashes involving large trucks (percent)||N||3.3||3.4||3.3|
|Railroad (passenger and freight)||62,246||25,143||11,643||8,872|
|Highway-rail grade crossing2||3,890||2,407||1,219||997|
|Waterborne (passenger and freight)||NA||NA||697||676|
|Tug / towboat||NA||19||10||17|
|Mobile offshore drilling units||NA||13||0||0|
|Not related to vessel casualties4||NA||NA||567||519|
|Hazardous liquid pipeline||15||7||4||5|
Key: N = not available.
1Large trucks are defined as trucks over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, including single-unit trucks and truck tractors.
3Includes train accidents and other incidents. Most injuries (5,950 in 2003) involve workers on duty.
4Vessel-related injuries include those involving damage to vessels, such as collisions or groundings. Injuries not related to vessel casualties include those from falls overboard or from accidents involving onboard equipment.
5Railroad injuries are preliminary. Waterborne fataiities are for 2002.
Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to some injuries being counted in more than one mode.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2004 (Washington, DC: forthcoming).