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Homework Help: probability problem

Posted by mt on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 2:31pm.

The probability is 1 in 4,000,000 that a single auto trip in the United States will result in a
fatality. Over a lifetime, an average U.S. driver takes 50,000 trips. (a) What is the probability of
a fatal accident over a lifetime? Explain your reasoning carefully. Hint: Assume independent
events. Why might the assumption of independence be violated? (b) Why might a driver be
tempted not to use a seat belt “just on this trip”?

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