Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2008, 2017, and 2018

Mode 2008 2017 2018
Air
568
346
U
U.S. air carrier
3
0
U
Commuter carrier
0
1
U
On-demand air taxi
69
15
U
General aviation
496
330
U
Highway
37,423
37,133
U
Passenger car occupants
14,646
13,363
U
Motorcyclists
5,312
5,172
U
Light-truck occupants
10,816
10,188
U
Heavy-truck occupants
682
841
U
Bus occupants
67
44
U
Pedestrians
4,414
5,977
U
Pedalcyclists
718
783
U
Other
768
765
U
Pipeline
8
20
8
Rail
804
822
866
Train Accidents
27
7
8
Highway-rail grade crossinga
290
271
267
Trespassers
457
509
562
Other
30
35
29
Transitb
192
239
249
Water
854
706
U
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
80
39
U
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
774
667
U

Notes:

aIndividual modes don't add up to totals due to double counting in highway, rail, and transit grade crossings. bIncludes transit employee, contract worker, passenger, people waiting or leaving (revenue facility occupant), and other fatalities for all modes reported to the National Transit Database. Excludes commuter rail (reporting under FRA jurisdiction). Other transit fatalities are assumed to be counted under Highway or Rail categories.

U = Data are unavailable.

Sources:

As cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-1, available at https://www.bts.gov/nts.

Last Updated: May 2019