MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT FATALITY STATISTICS: AN INVESTIGATION OF RELIABILITY

To test the accuracy of reports on fatal motor vehicle crashes, the figures from provincial vital statistics and from police reports to Statistics Canada were compared for the years 1970-80 inclusive for Canada and each province. The differences between vital statistics and police figures were as large as 7% (434 deaths); counts from police were usually higher than those derived from death certificates. The differences were consistent and statistically significant for three provinces. In Quebec, large discrepancies occurred in both directions. Possible reasons for these discrepancies, including the timing of reports, conflicting causes of death, and the effect of deaths occurring outside the province of residence have been investigated. The available evidence suggests that these reasons are insufficient to explain the size and consistency of the differences.

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    Canadian Public Health Association

    1255 Yonge Street
    Toronto 7, ONo,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Chipman, M L
  • Publication Date: 1983-11

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  • Accession Number: 00392236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 330
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM