Ships vs. aeroplanes: Which is safer?

If you are planning a trip overseas, you may be weighing up your options when it comes to modes of transport and one factor you may consider is safety. Many people assume that travelling by air is very dangerous because aeroplane accidents are usually serious and seem much more dramatic and devastating than road traffic accidents, but the statistics may surprise you.

Many journeys can be made using an array of different transport options, and two modes of transport you may be considering are ships and aeroplanes.

How many people die from air accidents compared to car crashes?

Air travel is very quick and reasonably comfortable and the good news for nervous passengers is that air travel is one of the safest ways to get around. Last year 362 people around the world died in aeroplane accidents, compared to 1,574 people who lost their lives in accidents on the road in the UK alone. Travelling by aeroplane is also fairly convenient; there are so many airports offering commercial flights that you can get almost anywhere you want without having to travel too far beforehand or make too many stopovers or changes en route to your final destination.

How does boat safety measure up: are there more accidents at sea than incidents on the road or in the air?

Modern cruise liners are stylish and kitted out with almost everything you could imagine, from state of the art cinemas to bowling alleys and heated swimming pools and many people enjoy cruising because it offers them the opportunity to see different places and enjoy the freedom of the open seas. Of course, not all ships are as luxurious, but ferries that operate from the UK tend to be comfortable and most offer a good range of amenities. Travel by sea is significantly slower than air travel, but it is usually cheaper.

It is difficult to provide accurate statistics about ship accidents because not every country has rules in place which require them to share data about incidents at sea. It is clear that ship and aeroplane accidents are much less commonplace than car crashes. The International Maritime Organisation estimated that in 2010 there were around 1,600 fatalities resulting from cruise ship accidents, which is a much higher number than aeroplane incidents.

Making a claim for a road traffic accident abroad

If you have been involved in an accident abroad, an aeroplane accident, a car crash or a cruise accident, you may be eligible for compensation. If you had a collision with another car, which was not your fault, you may be able to claim for road traffic accident compensation. You should contact the Accident Advice Helpline, a firm with over a decade of experience in handling travel accident claims, personal injury claims, public liability compensation and work accident claims.

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