If we're talking about fear here, we're always talking about dependency, because fear is
always a result of being dependent. If we're talking about inabilities to perform assessments
correctly, they are probably because of the ignorance, pure lack of information, or
disinformation, which can also be a result of being dependent (on someone who does all the
assessments instead of you), or on some other conditions.
I would note that anyway, I think our physical ways of evaluating danger are still much better
than just a bunch of worldwide statistical crap, because instead of believing in some generic
and unconditional statistical facts, we can take many things into account which are special
for each situation. E.g, the fact that the driver is sober or drunk makes much difference,
don't you think? So maybe instead of thinking about the annual death rate, you should see how
good the driver is, what kind of shape the car's in, and so on? The fear of elevators can
indeed exist just because of the inability to assess its state (what's there under the hood
anyway? do you know how this crap works? is it really safe? have you ever seen the internals?
many questions. here we're totally dependent on a good will of the people who maintain this
elevator, hence we have fears).