Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Mode 2009 2018 2019
Air
541
395
452
U.S. air carrier
52
1
4
Commuter carrier
0
0
2
On-demand air taxi
17
16
32
General aviation
481
379
414
Highway
33,883
36,835
36,096
Passenger car occupants
13,135
12,888
12,239
Motorcyclists
4,469
5,038
5,014
Light-truck occupants
10,312
9,957
9,976
Heavy-truck occupants
499
890
892
Bus occupants
26
44
35
Pedestrians
4,109
6,374
6,205
Pedalcyclists
628
871
846
Other
705
773
889
Pipeline
13
7
11
Rail
695
814
878
Train Accidents
4
7
4
Highway-rail grade crossinga
248
260
298
Trespassers
416
517
549
Other
27
30
27
Transitb
233
260
267
Water
865
682
697
Freight vessel and Industrial/Other
67
25
40
Passenger vessel and Recreational boating
798
657
657

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, people waiting or leaving (revenue facility occupant), and other fatalities for all modes reported to the National Transit Database. Excludes commuter rail (reporting under FRA jurisdiction). Other transit fatalities are assumed to be counted under Highway or Rail categories.

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/nts.

Last Updated: January 2021