What are the odds of dying on a roller coaster?
Roller coasters are extremely popular thrill rides found across the world in amusement parks and theme parks. Dating back to the 15th century, roller coasters have been dropping, flipping, twisting, turning, and pleasing thrill seekers for hundreds of years. However, how safe are they really?
What are the odds of dying on a roller coaster? This is an extremely popular question for both thrill seekers and wannabe thrill seekers alike.
While most of a roller coasters fear originates from the drops, heights, speeds, and loops, the underlying scare tactic hiding from the obvious is doing something dangerous and unnatural that seems like it could result in fatality.
The odds of dying on a roller coaster are 1 in 300,000,000 (that’s 300 million for those who stopped counting). The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that there were approximately two deaths per year, attributed to a roller coaster accident.
If you’ve read other odds articles on our site, you might quickly realize that these fatality odds are one of the biggest long shots that we have published. If you haven’t been reading our site much, let’s make some comparisons to shed a bit more perspective on how poor these odds really are.
Over the span of your life, the odds of dying in a car accident are roughly 1 in 80. The odds of dying by slipping in your own bathtub while perfectly minding your own business are 1 in 11,000. So, does that help clarify things up here?
So, are you really going to die while riding on a roller coaster? Absolutely…not.
The excuse that roller coasters are too dangerous has now completely gone out the window for those too afraid to take on the latest daring thrill ride. Those scaredy cats are grasping for straws and false information to avoid manning up.
With that being said, in the year 2001 there were 134 park guests hospitalized due to a roller coaster incident but fatalities rarely occur. All modern day roller coasters implement multiple different safety systems to ensure rider safety at all times. Ride on you super thrill seekers!