Transportation Injuries by Mode: 2008, 2017, and 2018

Mode 2008 2017 2018
Air
293
229
272
U.S. air carrier
20
19
25
Commuter carrier
2
0
0
On-demand air taxi
12
4
17
General aviation
259
206
230
Highway a
2,356,000
2,745,000
2,709,000
Passenger car occupants a
1,308,000
1,529,000
1,512,000
Motorcyclists a
96,000
89,000
82,000
Light-truck occupants a
773,000
937,000
921,000
Heavy-truck occupants a
24,000
40,000
39,000
Bus occupants a
16,000
12,000
15,000
Pedestrians a
69,000
71,000
75,000
Pedalcyclists a
52,000
50,000
47,000
Other a
18,000
17,000
20,000
Pipeline
56
38
90
Rail
9,062
8,871
8,196
Train Accidents
321
316
202
Highway-rail grade crossing b
990
844
840
Trespassers
432
510
483
Other
7,319
7,201
6,671
Transit c
24,644
22,829
22,522
Water
3,887
3,084
2,967
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
355
244
254
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
3,532
2,840
2,713

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.

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.

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/nts.

Last Updated: February 2020