Regional patterns in young driver and motorcyclist collision deaths in British Columbia, 2004 to 2012

Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) are a primary cause of death among Canadian youth. In 2001, MVCs accounted for 35% of all fatalities for 15- to 19-year olds, and it is estimated that teenage drivers are involved in 3 times as many deadly collisions per mile driven compared with other drivers. This article examines the causes of these crashes by using retrospective analysis of fatally injured drivers ages 18 years and younger from 2004 to 2012. The study considered the following factors: region; age and sex of the deceased; injuries sustained; medical cause of death; vehicle type; vehicle age; vehicle condition; type of crash; number of passengers; weather; and lighting conditions; restraint use, drug or alcohol involvement, and speed. The results show a lower number of fatalities in urban areas as compared to rural areas. Significant factors in crashes also include speed and impairment. The authors conclude that young driver and motorcyclist fatalities may be reduced with greater understanding of risk factors and by employing more effective advocacy and clinician intervention.


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  • Accession Number: 01602148
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2016 9:24AM