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Advances in medical technology account for a third of the reduction in road traffic deaths

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1004
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    One third of the drop in road traffic deaths in England over the past two decades is due to improvements in medical technology, new research says.

    As a result of the improvements around 700 people a year who would have died 20 years ago in crashes in England and Wales survive, the study says (published online in advance in Accident Analysis and Prevention at

    Over the past 20 years the number of deaths a year in England and Wales (excluding London) has gone down by about 2100.

    Deaths in Britain as a whole resulting from traffic crashes have decreased by …

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