SUICIDE BY VEHICULAR CRASH

The authors evaluated data on 182 fatally injured and 96 nonfatally injured drivers involved in vehicular crashes over a 6-year period. Only 1.7% of the total fatal crashes were considered to have been suicides, and 1% of the nonfatal crashes were deemed suicide attempts. Neither group of drivers had unusually high incidences of previous suicidal indeation or behavior, but both groups tended to be socially deviant, with above average levels of psychopathology and social aggressiveness. Crash victims in both groups also had poor driving records and high rates of alcohol abuse, findings that have important implications for accident prevention.

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    • Revised version of a paper presented at the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Miami Beach, Florida, May 10-14, 1976. Sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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  • Authors:
    • Schmidt, C W
    • Shaffer, J W
    • Zlotowitz, H I
    • Fisher, R S
  • Publication Date: 1977-2

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 175-178
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: HS-198-2-316
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM