Editorials

A new deal for road crash victims

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7346.1110 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1110

Victims' organisations are having to fill the hole left by government failures

  1. Marcel Haegi (fevr@worldcom.org), president
  1. European Federation of Road Traffic Victims, PO Box 2080, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland

    People do not generally expect to be affected by road traffic crashes—they are a horror that affects others. But that is not what the statistics say. For lifetime exposure, the average person in a developed country has a 1% risk of death and a 30% risk of injury.1

    About 50% deaths occur at the site of the crash or during transport, and the rest of deaths occur in hospital.1 Many developed countries provide fast emergency help, which can be on the spot in five minutes in urban areas and in 20 minutes in rural areas. …

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