Child Pedestrian Fatalities in Diyarbakir, Turkey

This article reports on a study undertaken to describe the demographic data of childhood pedestrian fatalities in a large urban area in Turkey. Cases of pedestrian fatalities between 1998 and 2003 were described retrospectively, by age, gender, injury pattern, and location. There were 232 childhood pedestrian fatalities among a total of 267 children involved in lethal traffic accidents. The mean age of the victims was 7.2 years, with most of them (49.1%) being in the 6-10 years of age group. Males predominated (76.3%) and the most common site of injury was the head (73.7%). There was an increase in pedestrian fatalities in the summer season. The authors conclude that child pedestrian deaths constitute a significant percentage of all child fatalities due to traffic accidents in this region. The authors call for interventions to improve the low socioeconomic and educational levels of the families in this area, training of children concerning their behavior in traffic situations, increasing parental oversight of children, and increasing the number of playing areas.

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  • Authors:
    • Goren, Suleyman
    • Subasi, Mehmet
    • Gurkan, Fuat
    • Tirasci, Yasar
    • Acar, Kemalettin
  • Publication Date: 2005-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1116-1118
  • Serial:
    • Saudi Medical Journal
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Staples Printers Rochester, Limited
    • ISSN: 0379-5284

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  • Accession Number: 01010591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2005 6:05AM