Monday, 6 June 2005

A very random thought

You know, they always say "you're more likely to be murdered by someone you know than by a stranger". Which got me to thinking: would people also be more likely to be hit by a car by someone they know than pure random chance would have it? Since people tend to congregate in certain areas - near work, near their house - and the people they know probably tend to cluster in similar geographic areas, the probability - however minute - of people knowing the *#@! who hit them is probably increased.

Dunno about that, but relatedly, in the US at least you are three times more likely to be involved in an accident within one mile of your house than anywhere else. Which makes sense, as you spend more time driving within that radius than anywhere else. You could extrapolate that to mean you are more likely to be involved in an accident with somebody else who also lives within 1 mile...

Being killed in a car accident when in the car driven by someone they know.

Which category does that fall into?

Three times seems awful high, but I'll take your word for it. Wow, that makes it seem like the chances you'll be in an accident with someone you know are quite high.

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