Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2005, 2015, and 2016

Mode 2005 2015 2016
Air
603
406
413
U.S. air carrier
22
0
0
Commuter carrier
0
1
8
On-demand air taxi
18
27
19
General aviation
563
378
386
Highway
43,510
35,485
37,461
Passenger car occupants
18,512
12,761
13,412
Motorcyclists
4,576
5,029
5,286
Light-truck occupants
13,037
9,878
10,302
Heavy-truck occupants
804
665
722
Bus occupants
58
49
40
Pedestrians
4,892
5,495
5,987
Pedalcyclists
786
829
840
Other
845
779
872
Pipeline
16
10
16
Rail
884
748
774
Train Accidents
33
11
8
Highway-rail grade crossinga
359
236
260
Trespassers
458
449
476
Other
34
52
30
Transitb
149
254
269
Water
829
700
737
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
80
59
29
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
749
641
708

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, revenue facility occupant, and other fatalities for all modes reported to the National Transit Database.

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/.

Last Updated: April 2018