Approximately 50% of the spinal cord injuries suffered annually in the United States occur in motor vehicle crashes, making this by far the principal source of such injuries. The purpose of the analysis described in this report was to estimate the annual incidence of SCI occurring as a result of motor vehicle crashes for a recent year (1974) and to project both the total direct and indirect costs associated with those injuries. The findings of the analysis provide valuable insights into the dimensions of this aspect of motor vehicle crashes. In 1974, an estimated 5,315 spinal cord injuries occurred in motor vehicle crashes in the United States; this corresponds to an average annual incidence rate of 25.1 million population. Of the 5,315 SCI cases, 1,938 were classified as dead either at the crash scene or upon arrival at an emergency medical facility (DOA), while the remaining 3,377 survived to hospital admission. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Policy Analysis, Incorporated

    2001 Beacon
    Boston, MA  United States  02146
  • Authors:
    • Smart, C N
    • Sanders, C R
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 125 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM