Transportation Injuries by Mode: 2006, 2016, and 2017

Mode 2006 2016 2017
Air
286
238
U
U.S. air carrier
9
19
U
Commuter carrier
1
11
U
On-demand air taxi
11
9
U
General aviation
265
199
U
Highway a
2,575,000
3,144,000
U
Passenger car occupants a
1,474,536
1,739,000
U
Motorcyclists a
88,652
105,000
U
Light-truck occupants a
856,896
1,071,000
U
Heavy-truck occupants a
23,815
38,000
U
Bus occupants a
9,839
24,000
U
Pedestrians a
60,924
85,000
U
Pedalcyclists a
44,012
60,000
U
Other a
17,989
20,000
U
Pipeline
34
86
33
Rail
8,797
8,643
8,646
Train Accidents
220
431
300
Highway-rail grade crossing b
1,070
848
829
Trespassers
481
482
507
Other
7,026
6,882
7,010
Transit c
20,060
24,405
22,800
Water
4,223
U
U
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
509
U
U
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
3,714
U
U

Notes:

a2016 Crash Reporting Sampling System (CRSS) estimates for injuries are not comparable with 2015 and earlier NASS GES estimates because of different sampling designs. bExcludes injuries involving motor vehicles at public highway-rail grade crossings, which are assumed to be counted under Highway categories. cIncludes transit employee, contract worker, passenger, people waiting or leaving (revenue facility occupant), and other injuries for all modes reported to the National Transit Database. Other transit injuries are assumed to be counted under Highway or Rail categories. 

Highway numbers are estimates rather than actual counts. The estimates are calculated from data obtained from a nationally representative sample of crashes. NHTSA redesigned the nationally representative sample of police-reported traffic crashes, which estimates the number of police-reported injury and property-damage-only crashes in the US. The new system, CRSS, replaced the NASS GES in 2016 and has a different sample design. Thus, the 2016 persons injured estimates are not comparable to 2015 and earlier year estimates.

U = Data are unavailable.

Sources:

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

Last Updated: October 2018