[extropy-chat] SUV's are killing their drivers.
pharos at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 20:34:36 UTC 2004
On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 12:15:18 -0700 (PDT), Mike Lorrey wrote:
> A conflation has occured though, in this duscussion. The stats say that
> more people are dying in accidents in which trucks and SUVs are
> involved. They don't say that those people are in the cars being struck
> by the trucks and SUVs, and as the truck/SUV population increases, more
> people are going to be hit by, or hit, trucks/SUVs. It says nothing
> about the relative danger of being IN a truck or SUV, and Bill, et al
> should recognise this important distinction.
No, Mike. The fatality statistics *are* analysed by type of vehicle.
The 2003 stats mostly show reductions in deaths from 2002, because
2002 was a bit above the trend line. So it is not all bad news. The
reduction in fatalities is probably linked to the increase in seat
belt wearing that has been noted and the reduction in alcohol-related
Occupants killed in Motor Vehicle Crashes, by type of vehicle
Total Passenger vehicles 32,843 31,904
Pickup Trucks 6,100
Large trucks 689
(Note the 10% increase in SUV occupants killed).
Occupants killed in Rollover Crashes by type of vehicle
Passenger car 4,794
Pickup truck 2,755
As there are about 3 to 4 times as many cars registered as SUVs and
vans, then SUVs and vans do kill their occupants in rollovers far more
than would be expected.
The stats are actually incredibly detailed.
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