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Studies of fatal automobile accidents reveal that, in the majority of cases in which one occupant of an automobile is killed while another survives, it is the passenger, not the driver, who is killed. It is ironic that the innocent passenger should suffer for the driver's carelessness, while the driver often suffers only minor injuries or none at all.

Which of the following is an assumption underlying the reasoning in the passage above?


(A) In most fatal automobile accidents, the driver of a car in which an occupant is killed is at fault.

(B) Drivers of automobiles are rarely killed in auto accidents.

(C) Most deaths in fatal automobile accidents are suffered by occupants of cars rather than by pedestrians.

(D) Auto safety experts should increase their efforts to provide protection for those in the passenger seats of automobiles.

(E) Automobile passengers sometimes play a contributing role in causing auto accidents.

Originally posted by ywilfred on 02 Sep 2005, 06:23.
Last edited by Bunuel on 10 Oct 2018, 23:46, edited 1 time in total.
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IMO clearly A

B can be easily rejected because, though drivers are not killed in majority of the accident, whether it is a rarity is under question 51% is majority, what if in 49% of the cases drivers are also seriously injured, it is not a rarity at all.
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Premise says:In most of the accidents the passenger and not the driver was killed.
Conclusion: Hence, the driver is at fault in most of the cases.

Why?

GAP: There could be scenario wherein the accidents were caused by the poor traffic management and not the driver and coincidentally passengers were killed.We can give other reasons too.

So we need to assure that in most of the cases the drivers were at fault to conclude.

Hence (A)
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Conc.: Driver is at fault for co-passenger's death in fatal accident. (X -->Y)

In Assumption questions, right answer is one which strengthen or further validate the idea.

A) In most fatal automobile accidents, the driver of a car in which an occupant is killed is at fault – Right. Further reinforced the idea that Drivers are at fault.
B) Drivers of automobiles are rarely killed in auto accidents – Already stated in passage
C) Most deaths in fatal automobile accidents are suffered by occupants of cars rather than by pedestrians – No mention of pedestrians
D) Auto safety experts should increase their efforts to provide protection for those in the passenger seats of automobiles - OFS
E) Automobile passengers sometimes play a contributing role in causing auto accidents – It is opposite to what is said in passage.

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