Travelers analyzing the safest mode of transportation

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fatal crash involving an Amtrak train happened early Thursday morning around 25 miles outside of Syracuse. That, followed by a week of airport closures and delays due to heighten security after the Brussels attacks have travelers questioning how they’re getting to their destinations and looking at how safe they are along the way.

Planes, trains, automobiles and motorcycles are the most common transportation modes in the United States.

When I asked a few travelers which one they thought was the safest, an overwhelming amount told me they thought cars.

“You’re on the ground,” said Jill, one of the travelers I caught up with.  “You’re a little bit more in control.”

According to a 2013 study, which looks at fatalities among the most common transportation modes, cars are the second deadly form of transportation. The study shows there are 7.3 deaths per every billion drivers on the road. Motorcycles have a startling 213 deaths per billion riders. Trains only have .43 deaths while planes have .07.

“It’s air transportation,” said Patrick.  “You’re not going to crash or anything like that.”

Some drivers like Jill are sticking by their gut and standing true to how they feel best getting where they’re going.

“I just probably still think driving is the safest.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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