Many people experience a degree of trepidation when they are sitting on-board an aeroplane waiting to take off, but statistics show that travelling by air is actually very safe. Accidents occur at a much lower rate than road traffic accidents, which are also much more common than accidents at sea.
How common is an accident in the air or at sea, compared to car accidents, and what are the odds of surviving?
One of the main reasons why some people may experience anxiety before flying in the assumption that if something does happen, they will not survive. However, according to the American National Transportation Safety Board, more than 76 per cent of people who are involved in a plane crash survive.
The odds of dying in an aeroplane accident are around 1 in 2.5 million according to the US Department of Transportation, with a death rate of 1.9 for every 100 million miles covered by aircraft.
So what is more likely? An accident in the air, or at sea?
Accidents at sea are also much less common than car crashes; however, they are more commonplace than accidents in the air. Last year, there were 15 fatal aeroplane accidents globally, while there were eight incidents involving cruise liners and many more involving recreational boats and tankers.
Fatalities are rare in boating accidents because often, emergency services can respond very quickly and people can be rescued. The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy last year with more than 4,000 people on board; after a large-scale rescue effort, thousands were saved and there were 32 losses, including 2 people who were missing and 2 who were presumed dead.
Making a claim for a car accident, or an accident in the air or at sea
Just as you can make a claim for road traffic accident compensation if you have had an accident on the road, you may be able to claim if you have been involved in an accident in the air or at sea. If the incident was not your fault and it occurred within the last 3 years, you may be able to claim compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to see if you fit the qualifying criteria; the firm has an excellent track record and a legal team boasting expertise in a number of fields, including slip, trip, or fall compensation, work accident claims, car crash claims and personal injury cases; the claims process is very straightforward and most clients never have to attend a court hearing.