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How safe are mass transit options?

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff |

Statistically speaking, public transportation is safer than driving. In fact, transportation statistics show that taking a city bus, a train or another type of public transportation is ten times safer than driving. 

One factor that often confuses individuals about public transportation safety is that so many people lose their lives when an accident does occur. In reality, some methods of mass transit are safer than others. 

How much does the use of public transportation curb fatality rates?

Transportation data shows that individuals who reside in metro areas where they use public transportation at least 40 times per year experience half the number of auto accidents than their counterparts who make less than 20 trips annually.

That same data shows that the eleven metro areas with the highest public transit usages average 5.8 traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents. This compares to an average fatality rate of 10 per 100,000 in the 108 largest metro cities in the U.S. Transportation officials also determined that using an intercity or community railroad is at least 18 times safer than operating an automobile. 

Remember that no method of transit is flawless

Those are some remarkable statistics, but things can go wrong no matter how safe a particular method of transportation may seem. A crash may result in you suffering serious injuries. It may even cause your loved one’s death. 

California law may allow you to recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages and other accident-related expenses if you can prove a motorist’s negligence led to your injuries. An attorney can advise you of your legal options in your case and help you pursue a fair settlement. 

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