Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2008, 2017, and 2018

Mode 2008 2017 2018
Air
568
347
393
U.S. air carrier
3
0
1
Commuter carrier
0
0
0
On-demand air taxi
69
16
12
General aviation
496
331
381
Highway
37,423
37,473
36,560
Passenger car occupants
14,646
13,477
12,775
Motorcyclists
5,312
5,229
4,985
Light-truck occupants
10,816
10,186
9,922
Heavy-truck occupants
682
878
885
Bus occupants
67
43
43
Pedestrians
4,414
6,075
6,283
Pedalcyclists
718
806
857
Other
768
779
810
Pipeline
8
20
8
Rail
804
817
831
Train Accidents
27
7
8
Highway-rail grade crossinga
290
271
262
Trespassers
457
504
532
Other
30
35
29
Transitb
192
239
251
Water
854
709
684
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
80
43
25
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
774
666
659

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.

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: November 2019