Exposure to traffic accidents obviously varies tremendously throughout the hemisphere. The best available base would appear to be deaths per 10,000 vehicles. Calculation of this rate produces values ranging from lows of 5.1 in the U. S. and 4.2 in Canada, to highs of more than 50 in certain countries. The death totals, and consequently the rates, are subject to question in some cases bacause of varying definitions and practices. Reporting of injuries is even more loose, with incomplete reporting of nonfatal accidents making invalid the comparison of injury totals. The obvious difficulties of making valid estimates of the magnitude of the traffic accident problem do not lessen the clear evidence that traffic accident rates are high in many countries of the Americas, and higher in some than others. This disparity in accident rates suggests that there are differences in accident prevention efforts.

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  • Pagination: p. 279-284

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  • Accession Number: 00188429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM