What are they afraid of when traveling?

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Since ancient times, mankind has expe­ri­enced a crav­ing for trav­el, but despite the high lev­el of progress, trav­el is still quite dan­ger­ous.

Mod­ern trav­el­ers have long moved to planes, ships and cars. Sail­boats, boats and hors­es are a thing of the past. But the lev­el of safe­ty and mor­tal­i­ty dur­ing trav­el has not changed much. An inter­est­ing report on the results of research in this direc­tion was pub­lished recent­ly in the British Jour­nal of Epi­demi­ol­o­gy.

Sci­en­tists stud­ied data on 413 deaths after acci­dents in Sus­sex from 1485 to 1688. The most com­mon cause of death was drown­ing — 38% of all cas­es, fol­lowed by deaths from col­li­sions and blows — 25%, 14% of peo­ple died as a result of falling from a wag­on, car­riage or horse, 6% — after gun­shot wounds and anoth­er 1 % — after burns. Anoth­er 9% died from oth­er caus­es.

A deep­er analy­sis showed that about 30% of all deaths from acci­dents occurred dur­ing the move­ment or move­ment of peo­ple. These are not only falls of hors­es or carts, but also falls of pedes­tri­ans into ditch­es or from bridges, acci­dents dur­ing the cross­ing.

With the advent of auto­mo­biles and air­planes, the risk of death from acci­dents has not decreased. Sta­tis­tics show that in the Unit­ed States, among all acci­dents that occurred on modes of trans­port in 2000, about 90% of all deaths occurred on high­ways. Com­pare this to 30% in the 15th-17th cen­turies. More than 120 peo­ple die every day on Amer­i­ca’s high­ways. And this despite the fact that the Unit­ed States is one of the coun­tries with a low lev­el of loss­es from acci­dents among the pop­u­la­tion — 29.3 peo­ple per 100,000 inhab­i­tants.

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