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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