During the pandemic, Americans have been visiting the U.S. national parks in record numbers. And while a trip to one of the parks is typically an enjoyable outing for the hundreds of millions of people who visit every year, there are risks involved—including drowning, falling and getting attacked by wild animals—and fatalities happen more often than you might think. According to the National Park System, there are an average of six deaths a week.
Given the recent surge in visitation during Covid-19, the personal injury law firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP partnered with data visualization agency 1Point21 Interactive to create a new report that examines the safety of visiting the national parks and identifies the places where people are most likely to die. “Every time I read a story about someone dying at a national park, I found myself wondering, ‘How often does this happen?’ and ‘where and how do people die most often,” says project lead Brian Beltz.
The study analyzed data from the National Parks Service between 2007 and 2018, and according to the report, North Cascades National Park in Washington state ranks as the top park where you are most likely to suffer a fatal accident, averaging 652.35 deaths per 10 million visitors.
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