23 January 2007
Car crash ready reckoner
Andy Wood

Carnegie Mellon University, in association with the American AA, has produced what looks like a nifty little tool for calculating the risks from various modes of travel. Quoth the New York Times:

...the risk of death for vehicle occupants who are 16 to 20 years old, on weekdays, is 13.86 per 100 million trips between 8 a.m. and noon. But between 8 p.m. and midnight it is 30.51 per 100 million trips, more than twice as high.

Is this because teenagers are driving their mums to the supermarket in the morning and playing games of chicken at night?

I’m not up to speed with the tool yet, so I don’t know if it can tell us whether Patrick’s claim of yore, that trams are the most dangerous road vehicle known to man, is really true.

Hat tip to Marginal Revolution.


  1. It doesn’t seem to have any data for trams and I suspect it won’t.  My point about trams is not that they are dangerous to passengers but to pedestrians (silent, slow to stop, unable to swerve, oh, and heavy)

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  26 January 2007 at 07:54 am

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