Fatalities by Transportation Mode, 1960–2012

Find the total number of transportation fatalities as well as the total deaths by selected mode of transportation for selected years 1960–2012.

Mode196019701980199020002004 2008 2012P
Total fatalities n.a. n.a. n.a. 47,379 44,376 45,645 39,505 n.a.
Large air carrier14991461399214 3 0
Commuter air carrier1n.a.n.a.37650 0 0
On-demand air carrier1n.a.n.a.1055171 64 69 15
General aviation17871,3101,239767596 559 495 432
Highway2n.a.52,62751,09144,59941,945 42,836 37,423 33,561
Railroad3824785584599512 635 605 561
Transit4n.a.n.a.n.a.339295 82 75 n.a.
Commercial ship
Vesseln.a.1782068549 86 51 33
Nonvessel5n.a.42028110188 60 67 30
Recreational boating7391,4181,360865701676 709 651
NOTES: n.a. = data are nonexistent or not cited because of reporting changes; P = preliminary data.
1. Includes people on planes and on the ground.
2. Includes motor vehicle occupants, nonoccupants, and fatalities at railroad crossings.
3. Includes fatalities from nontrain incidents as well as train incidents and accidents. Also includes train occupants and nonoccupants except motor vehicle occupants at grade crossings.
4. Fatalities resulting from all reportable incidents, not just accidents. Includes commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, motorbus, demand response, van pool, and automated guideway.
5. Fatalities unrelated to vessel accidents, e.g., individual falling overboard and drowning.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.