Table 5-3. Accidents by Freight Transportation Mode: 1980-2006
The number of crashes and other accidents in freight transportation has declined in all modes over the last quarter century in spite of the increase in freight activity.
|Highway (passenger and freight)||NA||6,471,000||6,394,000||6,159,000||NA|
|Large truck1||NA||(R) 371,801||(R) 437,861||442,000||NA|
|Large truck1 (percent of total)||NA||(R) 5.7||(R) 6.8||7.2||NA|
|Rail (passenger and freight)|
|Highway-rail grade crossing2,3||(R) 10,612||5,715||3,502||(R) 3,053||2,920|
|Waterborne (passenger and freight)|
|Vessel-related||4,624||3,613||(R) 13,546||(R) 4,977||5,400|
|Hazardous liquid pipeline||246||180||146||(R) 137||108|
|Gas pipeline||1,524||198||234||(R) 352||274|
Key: NA = not available; R = revised.
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.
Highway: National Center for Transportation Analysis, National Highway Transit Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts, Large Trucks (Annual Issues). 2006: National Center for Transportation Analysis, National Highway Transit Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts (July 2007).
Highway-Rail Grade Crossings: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/default.asp as of August 17, 2007.
Waterborne: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division, personal communication, August 17, 2007.
Pipeline: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2007, available at http://www.bts.gov/ as of August 2, 2007.
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