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Table 6-2 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2013

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  2000 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL fatalities 44,276 100.0 35,034 100.0 34,568 100.0 35,699 100.0 34,509 100.0
Passenger car occupants 20,699 46.7 12,491 35.7 12,014 34.8 12,361 34.6 11,977 34.7
Truck occupants, light 11,526 26.0 9,782 27.9 9,302 26.9 9,418 26.4 9,155 26.5
Pedestrians 4,763 10.8 4,302 12.3 4,457 12.9 4,818 13.5 4,735 13.7
Motorcyclists 2,897 6.5 4,518 12.9 4,630 13.4 4,986 14.0 4,668 13.5
Pedalcyclists 693 1.6 623 1.8 682 2.0 734 2.1 743 2.2
Highway, other incident 591 1.3 709 2.0 699 2.0 729 2.0 702 2.0
Truck occupants, large 754 1.7 530 1.5 640 1.9 697 2.0 691 2.0
Recreational boating 701 1.6 672 1.9 758 2.2 651 1.8 560 1.6
Railroad, trespassers 463 1.0 440 1.3 405 1.2 413 1.2 432 1.3
General aviation 596 1.3 457 1.3 448 1.3 440 1.2 387 1.1
Highway-rail grade crossing 425 1.0 261 0.7 250 0.7 230 0.6 231 0.7
Transit, other incident N N 166 0.5 189 0.5 192 0.5 196 0.6
Transit passenger/occupant N N 49 0.1 36 0.1 67 0.2 60 0.2
Water, passenger N N 87 0.2 96 0.3 84 0.2 57 0.2
Bus occupants 22 0.0 44 0.1 55 0.2 39 0.1 48 0.1
Rail, other incidents 39 0.1 25 0.1 30 0.1 25 0.1 32 0.1
On-demand air taxi 71 0.2 17 0.0 41 0.1 9 0.0 27 0.1
Water, industrial/other N N 40 0.1 32 0.1 16 0.0 17 0.0
Train accidents 10 0.0 8 0.0 6 0.0 9 0.0 11 0.0
Train employee/worker N N 6 0.0 3 0.0 5 0.0 10 0.0
U.S. air carrier 92 0.2 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 9 0.0
Water, freight N N 22 0.1 18 0.1 14 0.0 8 0.0
Gas pipeline 37 0.1 18 0.1 11 0.0 7 0.0 8 0.0
Commuter carrier 5 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 0.0
Hazardous liquid pipeline 1 0.0 1 0.0 1 0.0 3 0.0 1 0.0
Other counts, redundant with above                    
Rail, freight 717 1.6 519 1.5 497 1.4 478 1.3 509 1.5
Rail, passenger 220 0.5 215 0.6 194 0.6 200 0.6 198 0.6
Transit, rail 197 0.4 120 0.3 132 0.4 150 0.4 144 0.4
Railroad, killed at public crossing with motor vehicle 306 0.7 136 0.4 139 0.4 134 0.4 140 0.4
Transit, non-rail 98 0.2 100 0.3 96 0.3 114 0.3 122 0.4

KEY: N = data do not exist.

NOTES: Please see the National Transportation Statistics table 2-4 for complete source notes and an expanded time-series. To reduce double counting, the following adjustments are made to Total Fatalities: For Railroad, fatalities involving motor vehicles at public highway-rail grade crossings are excluded because such fatalities are assumed to be included in Highway fatalities. For Transit, non-rail modes, including aerial tramway, motor bus, bus rapid transit, commuter bus, demand response, demand taxi, ferryboat, jitney, publico, trolleybus, and vanpool fatalities are excluded because they are counted as Water and Highway fatalities. Other counts, redundant with above help eliminate double counting in the Total Fatalities. Water fatality data for 2001 and before is not comparable with later year due to a change in the reporting system.

SOURCES: Various sources as cited U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-4. Available at www.bts.gov as of July 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017