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The table below shows the number of deaths in the U.S. in a year due to a variety of causes. For these questions, assume these values are not changing from year to year, and that the population of the United States is 312 million people.
Cause Deaths
Passenger car occupant 13,100
Motorcycle driver 4,500
Tornado 553
Skydiving 56



h) People sometimes claim motorcycle riding is less dangerous than driving. Does the data support this claim? What additional information and/or calculations would be useful to evaluate this claim?

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  1. Here we can clearly see that there are less motorcycle deaths than car deaths, but this does not make them safer.

    We need to know the total number of cars and motorcycles and examine the rate at which each gets into accidents.

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