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How Safe Are Elevators?

You might use an elevator every day, but have you ever considered how safe these pieces of equipment really are? On this page, I will discuss how safe elevators are relative to other things. Here is a list of a few things that you might use often ranked from the most dangerous to the least dangerous. 

1. Car Accident

According to www.Driverknowledge.com, there are about six million car accidents in the US each year. In addition, three million people in the US experience an injury from a car accident each year. There is a one in 114 chance of death as a result of a car crash. The chance of being injured or dying in a car accident is significantly higher than the chance of dying or being injured in an elevator. Consider that over the course of an 11 year period, there were only 68 deaths from elevators compared to the millions of car accident injuries each year.

2. Lightning

According to www.new.nationalgeographic.com, the chance of being struck by lightning is one in 700,000, which is higher than the chance of dying in an elevator or plane crash. The chances of being struck by lightning and dying as a result are even lower. Only about 10% of people struck by lightning do not survive. 

3. Skydiving

According to www.lifeinsurancequotes.org, The chances of dying or being injured by skydiving is one in 100,000. 

4. Shark Attack

According to www.thewildlifemuseum.com, the chance of getting attacked by a shark and dying are one in 3,748,067. This makes being attacked by a shark and dying more likely than dying in an elevator accident or plane crash.

5. Planes

While this is something that people often fear, the chance of experiencing a plane crash are very small. According to www.curiosity.com, your chance of dying in a plane crash are about one in five million which is a .0000000952% chance. 

6. Elevators

The chance of you dying in an elevator is about one in 10.5 million which is a .0000000958% chance. You have a higher chance of dying in a car accident, being struck by lightning, getting attacked by a shark and dying in a plane crash. 

7. Roller Coaster

According to www.abcnews.go.com, the chances of being injured on a roller coaster are one in 24 million and the chance of dying is 750 million.

Getting Help

Have you or someone you know suffered from an elevator injury? If so, call our office to get the support you need and to learn more about which steps you should take next. You can call us at (203) 208-3445.

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