Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: “Accidents increase by 42 percent in county”
“Accidents increase by 42 percent in county,” was the headline in an article in the Sidney, Montana, Herald. The reporter seem to imply a major trend. Accidents were up – way up!
But is it a real trend?
Some vital information was missing from the article. How many miles were driven on the roads during the two periods.
Another missing piece of info … a weather comparison.
Statistics must be approached carefully before one can draw conclusions.
What if the miles driven had doubled? Then the accident RATE would have decreased by 29%.
What’s the problem? We don’t track the miles driven.
What about you. Do you understand your accident and incident statistics?
Do you approach them intelligently or do you just keep some count data?
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