Data in the registrar-general's statistical reviews for 1958-72 and in the reports of the hospital in-patient enquiry for 1964-72 have been examined for the light they shed on the changes in the patterns of injury from road accidents over this period. Causes of death, primary injury for hospital in-patients, and average length of hospital stay have been examined. In almost all categories of victim, an increasing proportion of deaths are ascribed to internal injuries. Among child pedestrians and (adult) motorcyclists, there is a decline in the proportion of deaths ascribed to skull fracture. There appears to have been a general improvement in the coding of injury for the hospital in-patient enquiry. Several types of head injury, internal injuries, and fractures of the femur are becoming more frequent in road accidents. Reasons for these trends and for the substantial amount of year-to-year variation are not discussed at present, as it is hoped that readers will make suggestions based on their own expertise. If they will do so, these can be collected and circulated at a later date. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University College London

    Centre for Transport Studies, Gower Street
    London,   United Kingdom  WC1E 6BT
  • Authors:
    • Hutchinson, T P
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Road Safety Study and Research Fund, Belgium
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM