Which Methods of Transportation are the Most Dangerous?

Traffic accidents are common, and they are often extremely dangerous. While accidents involving commercial modes of transportation like planes, trains, and buses are often the most dramatic, our personal vehicles – the cars, SUVs, and motorcycles that we drive – represent the most dangerous mode of transportation out there. Our personal vehicles are an important part of our daily lives, but dangerous crashes happen. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured, consult with an experienced Huntsville personal injury attorney today. 

The Statistics

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Journalist’s Resource published a comprehensive study related to the relative risks of different modes of transportation that include cars, buses, planes, and trains and carefully examines the overall dangers associated with transportation in general. The findings include:

  • In the years from 2000 to 2009, an average of 43,239 people died in transportation-related accidents each year.
  • Transportation-related accidents are the primary source of deaths caused by unintentional injuries (those deaths that were not caused by suicide, homicide, disease, or old age).
  • The vast majority of transportation-related fatalities happen on our nation’s highway systems.
  • A full 74 percent of traffic fatalities were occupants of cars and light trucks.
  • Light trucks, which include SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans, are far more likely to be involved in fatal single-vehicle crashes. 
  • For those of us who travel in cars or light trucks for 30 miles every day for a year, the risk of being killed in a traffic accident is 17 times higher than it is for being killed in a train accident, is 67 times higher than it is for being killed in a bus accident, and is 112 times higher than it is for being killed in a commercial aviation accident. 
  • Per passenger miles traveled, motorcycles have the highest traffic-fatality rate of any other vehicle – by far.  

When you head out in your car, truck, or motorcycle for your daily commute, to run errands, or on a road trip, always make arriving safely your top priority. 

Risk Factors

The study also found specific risk factors that increase the likelihood that a traffic accident will result in a fatality, including:

  • Urban highways are far safer than rural highways.
  • Young drivers between the ages of 18 and 29 are at a far greater risk of becoming traffic fatalities.
  • Nearly half of those killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts or were not properly secured in child safety seats.
  • About a third of traffic fatalities involve alcohol.

If You Have Been Injured by a Negligent Motorist, an Experienced Huntsville Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If a negligent motorist leaves you or someone you love injured, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Cloud Ryan & Rouse in Huntsville are committed to advocating on your behalf for the compensation you need to reach your fullest recovery. Our dedicated legal team takes great pride in helping clients like you, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 256-801-1000 for a free consultation today.

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