Table 5-3: Transportation Accidents by Freight Transportation Mode
Large trucks were involved in about 7 percent of all highway crashes in 2003. The estimated number of crashes in 2003 is up about 23 percent since 1990, a good deal less than the roughly 50 percent increase in truck miles driven over the same period.
|Highway (passenger and freight)||NA||6,471,000||6,394,000||6,328,000|
|Large truck1 (percent of total)||NA||5.7||6.9||7.2|
|Rail (passenger and freight)|
|Highway-rail grade crossing2,3||10,796||5,715||3,502||2,928|
|Waterborne (passenger and freight)|
|Hazardous liquid pipeline||246||180||147||128|
Key: NA = not available.
1Large trucks are defined as trucks over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, including single-unit trucks and truck tractors.
3Includes both accidents and incidents. Most highway-rail grade crossing accidents are also counted under highway.
4Train accidents only.
5Railroad fatalities are preliminary. Waterborne fatalities are for 2002.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2004 (Washington, DC: forthcoming).