Article courtesy of “Fit For Travel”
Accident hazards while traveling are generally treated far too lightly, although accidents are what most frequently put travelers in the hospital .
Studies from Switzerland and the United States prove that between 22-44% of fatalities in intercontinental travel are caused by accidents.
- Here, aircraft accidents at 2-4% are far less frequent than road accidents (7-13%). In any event, 4-9% of fatalities are caused by drowning and 11-12% from other injuries (falls while mountain climbing, etc.)
- Infectious diseases only figured in these studies with 1-3% of the fatality rate.
- The most frequent cause of fatality in all the studies was cardiovascular incidents, which stand at 14-49%.
- Road accidents were the most frequent reason for evacuation flights from tropical countries. Road conditions in tropical countries are often catastrophic, the vehicles old and in bad repair.
- Besides road conditions, staying in unfamiliar climates, especially high altitudes, is a significant risk factor.
- The death rate of trekkers in Nepal stands at 14 to 100,000 annually. Here, too, however, the primary cause of death is injury (37%), especially falls.In any case, 21% of these fatalities were caused by mountain sickness .
So danger factors include ignorance of local hazards, alcohol consumption and a decreased awareness during the vacation, all of which provide fertile ground for accidents to happen.