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What is the Most Dangerous Mode of Transportation?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


In Injury Facts 2017, the National Safety Council or NSC compared four methods of transportation including buses, railroad passenger trains like Amtrak, scheduled airlines, and light-duty vehicles such as passenger cars, vans, light trucks, and SUVs. This comparison led the NSC to conclude that light-duty vehicles are the most dangerous mode of transportation.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident that occurred in any mode of transportation and was the result of another’s negligent acts, you should contact a Chicago personal injury attorney from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900.

NSC’s Findings

The NSC found that airlines, buses, and trains have lower fatality rates than light duty vehicles when the risk is expressed as passenger deaths per passenger mile of travel. Drivers of light duty vehicles are treated as passengers whereas the crew and operators of planes, train, and bus are not.

Between the years of 2012 and 2014, there were 21,014 passenger deaths in light duty vehicles and a death rate of 0.46 per 100 million passenger miles. 28 or 0.04, 5 or 0.02, and 0 or 0.0, respectively, were the amount of deaths and death rates for buses, trains, and airlines.

Compensation Available to Victims of Light Duty Vehicle, Bus, Train & Airline Accidents

If you have been hurt or lost a family member in a light duty vehicle, bus, train or airline accident, you may be entitled compensation which can be used to pay for economic and non-economic damages. Some examples of economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and future economic losses. Non-economic damages are often referred to as pain and suffering and may consist of pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

A personal injury attorney can investigate the details of your case, determine who should be held liable and communicate with insurance companies to make sure you receive the fair and full recovery you may deserve. With legal representation by your side, you can focus on healing and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your rights will be protected.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Today

If a transportation accident has left you injured or taken the life of someone you love, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation. We operate on a contingency fee basis so you won’t owe us a penny unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

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