NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

Hersman Announces Slight Drop in 2011 Transportation Fatalities

January 17

WASHINGTON - Transportation fatalities in the United States declined in 2011 by approximately 2 percent, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board. The data indicate that overall transportation fatalities decreased from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011. There were no airline fatalities in 2011.

"Transportation accidents remain one of the nation's leading causes of death," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "We can do better, which is why the NTSB shines a light on key safety issues each year through the Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements."

The 2011 statistics show:

Aviation statistics are tracked and compiled by the NTSB. Marine statistics are provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and statistics for all other modes are provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Links to the statistical tables for all modes, including rail and pipeline, may be found here:



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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.