Transportation Injuries by Mode: 2008, 2017, and 2018

Mode 2008 2017 2018
Air
293
232
U
U.S. air carrier
20
18
U
Commuter carrier
2
0
U
On-demand air taxi
12
4
U
General aviation
259
210
U
Highway a
2,346,000
2,746,000
U
Passenger car occupants a
1,304,000
1,529,000
U
Motorcyclists a
96,000
89,000
U
Light-truck occupants a
768,000
937,000
U
Heavy-truck occupants a
23,000
40,000
U
Bus occupants a
15,000
12,000
U
Pedestrians a
69,000
71,000
U
Pedalcyclists a
52,000
50,000
U
Other a
18,000
17,000
U
Pipeline
56
38
92
Rail
9,062
8,830
8,045
Train Accidents
321
313
199
Highway-rail grade crossing b
990
844
826
Trespassers
432
511
479
Other
7,319
7,162
6,541
Transit c
24,644
22,829
22,413
Water
3,887
U
U
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
355
U
U
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
3,532
U
U

Notes:

a2017 and 2018 Crash Reporting Sampling System (CRSS) estimates for injuries are not comparable with 2008 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. Excludes commuter rail (reporting under FRA jurisdiction). Other transit injuries are assumed to be counted under Highway or Rail categories. 

U = Data are unavailable.

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 2017 and 2018 persons injured estimates are not comparable to earlier estimates.

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/nts.

Last Updated: June 2019