MEDICAL TREATMENT AND TRAFFIC FATALITY REDUCTIONS IN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES

Over the past 30 years, developed countries have seen a remarkable decrease in the total number of fatalities associated with traffic accidents; this despite the large increase in the total number of kilometers driven by private vehicles and increases in population. Some of the pro-active policies that are attributed with leading this reduction include safer vehicle designs, better engineering of road infrastructure, tougher enforcement of drunk driving laws, and increased seat-belt use. This paper examines another reason that is infrequently cited as a source of reduced fatalities: increased knowledge and technology associated with medical care and treatment. The analyses in the paper estimate models that include proxies for improvements in medical treatment and show that some of these factors have had a statistically significant association with reductions in total traffic-related fatalities.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Noland, R B
  • Publication Date: 2003-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00963974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2003 12:00AM