Summer is upon us and many families will soon pack their bags and head off for a fun and relaxing vacation over the coming weeks and months. The Austin personal injury attorneys at Terry & Kelly, PLLC understand that media coverage can impact the way many people think when considering the safest form of travel for their family. The various modes of transportation in the United States, and particularly in Texas, offer a wide selection for those who have the means to access them, but recent data indicates those modes of transportation may be inverted in public perception in terms of safety.
For instance, thousands of people die every year as a result of motor vehicle collisions but these instances are not well covered by the media. This is mostly because they occur so often they determined by media to be “not newsworthy”. Alternatively, far fewer individuals are injured or killed due to airplane or train crashes but these occurrences are heavily followed and focused upon by the national and local news media making them appear more proliferate than they are in reality. In turn, the public’s perception is often very skewed regarding the dangers associated with each form of travel and people often make uninformed decisions when making their travel plans.
Airplanes are by far the safest mode of transportation when the number of transported passengers are measured against personal injuries and fatality totals, even though all plane crashes generally receive some form of media attention. Commercial planes are by far the safest, with most accidents occurring in taxi or private aircraft mishaps. The problem with air travel is that passengers rarely survive a plane crash. Many times pilot error can result in an accident, as well as mechanical malfunction, but weather conditions may be the cause of most small aircraft accidents. Regardless, although rare, injuries sustained in airplane crashes are almost always catastrophic.
The recent Amtrak crash in Philadelphia has brought new attention to safety considerations for those choosing a passenger train for transportation, with various problems within the industry being highlighted by the intense television and print coverage. The truth is that trains are generally a safe and highly reliable form of transportation. Both the railroad companies and government alike take special care to ensure passenger safety. The numbers in terms of personal injury and fatalities due to train accidents show this form of transportation to be one of the safest methods of commuting.
The open roadways are by far the most dangerous place to travel in the United States, and particularly in Texas. The state is home to a booming economy that requires a major concentration of big-rig, semi-truck traffic, making highways very dangerous for all passenger vehicles. This is especially true for motorcycles in Texas, as there is a huge number of cyclists in the state and accidents involving motorcycle riders rarely end well.
Despite the inherent safety and precautions taken in traveling by any mode of transportation, accidents and serious injuries do occur. When such an occurrence arises, you need sound advice and representation. If you are in need of an Austin personal injury attorney do not hesitate in contacting the personal injury professionals at Terry & Kelly, PLLC in their Austin office. Let us evaluate your case and see if we can help you recover the justice you deserve.
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