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August 26, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):636-637. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510090058013

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While few of the vast number of persons carried on American railroads suffer death or injury, the actual casualty figures are appalling. Undoubtedly the accidents of travel in America are excessive. Comparison with the casualty statistics of British railroads has so often been made that there is no need to reproduce the figures, but they are decidedly unfavorable to the railways of the United States, even though the British roads are more crowded and pass through more closely built up territory. Speed is not a factor, as there is no preponderance of accidents to the faster trains and as Great Britain has proportionally more fast trains than the United States. The annual report of the Interstate Commerce Commission for 1904, issued Aug. 16, 1905, presents the following alarming figures, to which are added for comparison those of the previous year:

The statistics for years prior to 1903 exhibit, on the

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