The toll of traffic-related fatalities in a metropolitan Italian area through the experience of the Department of Legal Medicine

Despite the introduction of new traffic laws in Italy, traffic-related deaths are still a huge burden. The study presents data and medico-legal issues behind traffic deaths in Milan between 2001 and 2012 (1506 traffic-related deaths). Data were collected from the database of the Department of Legal Medicine: 79.4% males and 20.6% females (mean age 44.14). The target group concerned traumatic deaths as a consequence of the accident as well as deaths not directly related to an accident. Although 6.1% were non-traumatic deaths (cause of death unconnected to the accident, i.e. because of a heart attack, or when death occurred after survival and cause of death was not related certainly to the accident), multiple skeletal/visceral injuries were the main cause of death (57.9%), occurring in motorcyclists the most (63.7%). Injuries to the skull and brain were the second cause of death (25.9%). Victims were mostly males (79.4%) and drivers (77.6%). Fifty-five per cent were deaths on-scene, while 45% survived. Other variables were also considered: medications, medical history, and drugs/alcohol/smoke. A downward trend in traffic-related fatalities was evident, but the toll is still high. This study should be a glimpse at the actual situation, since it is indicative of a metropolitan area where autopsies are systematically performed.

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    • 2015. Abstract reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors:
    • Amadasi, Alberto
    • Cerutti, Elisa
    • Spagnoli, Laura
    • Blandino, Alberto
    • Rancati, Alessandra
    • Gallo, Carlotta
    • Mancini, Elisabetta
    • Rizzi, Vittorio
    • Cattaneo, Cristina
  • Publication Date: 2016-4


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  • Accession Number: 01597510
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2016 3:01PM