We all dread being involved in some sort of crash. While mainstream media often dwells on the worst situations and gives many the impression that a certain method of transportation is more unsafe than another, have you ever stopped and looked at the statistics? What really is the safest way to travel?

To show you what your “odds” are relating to the U.S. transportation system, we compiled statistics involving travel by air, by rail, by boat, and by highway for the first year of five different decades to see how these measurements stack up against each other.

These numbers reflect quite a few variables, but at least you get an overall sense of the level of danger involving these transportation modes. Aside from a few upticks, there is an unexpected downward trend in the overall injuries and fatalities involving these various methods of transportation. While this may be due to improvements in technology, regulations, and public awareness, among many other things, we were surprised to see this decrease given the likely ever-growing amounts of vehicles and owners.

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