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Trends in Medical Research
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 142-148
DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2007.142.148
 
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Fatal Road Traffic Injuries in Northern India: Can They Be Prevented?

B.R. Sharma, A.K. Sharma , Swati Sharma and Harshabad Singh

Abstract:
Road-traffic injuries are recognized as a major public health problem all over the world accounting for maximum morbidity and mortality following trauma. The objective of this study was to analyze the trends of fatal road traffic crashes and to find measures for the prevention of their causative factors. We examined the pattern of fatal injuries among road traffic crash victims in 1109 cases subjected to medicolegal autopsy during 1996 to 2005 at the department of forensic medicine, in Government Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh. Young adults of the age-group 16 to 30 years constituted the majority of the victims, 608 (55%), while the number decreased with the advancing age. The overall male: female ratio was 5:1. Pedestrians 429 (39%) and motorized two wheeler users 378 (34%) constituted the majority. Motorized heavy vehicles were responsible for 386 (35%) deaths. Head injury in 676 (61%), followed by hemorrhagic shock in 266 (24%) were the main causes of death. 729 (66%) victims died within 24 hours while 307 (28%) had a survival of 2 to 7 days.
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B.R. Sharma, A.K. Sharma , Swati Sharma and Harshabad Singh , 2007. Fatal Road Traffic Injuries in Northern India: Can They Be Prevented?. Trends in Medical Research, 2: 142-148.

DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2007.142.148

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=tmr.2007.142.148

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