Risks on the Road

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When it comes to managing risk, most employees overlook a common one: the dangers encountered on the way to the office. How people get to work greatly influences their odds of making it home in one piece. Below, some statistics to consider when setting out each day.


The odds of dying in a plane crash are about 1 in 1 million for every hour flown. Only two types of commercial aircraft still in production have yet to crash: The Airbus A340 (2.1 million flights) and the Boeing (BA) 777 (4.76 million flights).


There were four train fatalities in the U.S. in 2009, not including accidents at railroad-roadway crossings. In Mumbai, according to the Times of London, 17 people are killed each week on the city's rail network.


Over 90 percent of road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income nations, which boast only 48 percent of the world's vehicles. Among the safest places on earth for a drive: Singapore, Japan, Britain, and all of Scandinavia.


On a list of the world's 21 most deadly cities for pedestrians compiled by GOOD Magazine (based on deaths per capita), American cities took the top 11 spots, led by Atlanta and Detroit. Paris, London, and Tokyo were 16th, 17th, and 19th, respectively.


Cyclists in the U.S. are three times as likely to be killed, per mile traveled, as riders in Germany and six times as likely as those in the Netherlands. In New York City, 97 percent of cyclists who died between 1996 and 2005 weren't wearing helmets.

Data:, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, World Health Organization, Injury Prevention, NYC Transportation Dept.

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