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
1,475,000
1,739,000
U
Motorcyclists a
88,000
105,000
U
Light-truck occupants a
857,000
1,071,000
U
Heavy-truck occupants a
23,000
38,000
U
Bus occupants a
10,000
24,000
U
Pedestrians a
61,000
85,000
U
Pedalcyclists a
44,000
60,000
U
Other a
18,000
20,000
U
Pipeline
36
87
35
Rail
8,797
8,670
8,724
Train Accidents
220
430
305
Highway-rail grade crossing b
1,070
850
833
Trespassers
481
483
508
Other
7,026
6,907
7,075
Transit c
20,060
24,405
22,776
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: November 2018