Taking a look at the fatality rates associated with each mode of transportation can shed some light on the answer to this question:
Driving – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety has indicated that, each year, approximately 1.24 million people internationally are killed in traffic accidents. Unlike aviation and train accidents, however, nearly half of the deaths associated with traffic accidents involve “bystanders” (like pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.).
In fact, while fatal traffic accidents have been 8th leading cause of fatalities worldwide since 2004, WHO officials predict that, by 2030, traffic accidents will jump up to be the 5th leading cause of death in the world.
- Flying – According to the Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, in the first half of 2014 (the most recent time frame for which statistics are currently available), there were 991 aviation fatalities, which represented more than double the flying-related deaths that occurred during the previous year.Despite the recent increase in aviation fatalities, however, industry experts maintain that flying is as safe as it’s ever been due to the growing sophistication of aviation navigation systems and planes’ mechanical parts. An MIT statistics professor broke it down by noting that someone could fly daily for about 123,000 days (nearly 337 years) before dying in a plane crash.
- Taking the train – According to the New York Times, the average lifetime risk of dying in a train accident in the U.S. is about 1 in 156,169 (based on data from the National Safety Council).
The Bottom Line: Driving Seems to Be the Most Dangerous Mode of Transportation
Based on these findings, it appears that driving is currently the most dangerous form of transportation. This may be surprising to some; however, the mere fact that there are simply more people on the roads – and that human error is often a factor in many accidents – supports this finding.
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