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Southeastern United States fatal crash study.

  • 2005-09-01

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      A significant safety issue in the United States is the substantial number of vehicle related crashes. In particular, death due to injuries sustained in an automobile crash is the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 2 and 33 years old (1). The number of fatal crashes in the southeastern portion of the United States is disproportionately higher than those for the entire country. Table 1 depicts an eight year summary of the number of fatal crashes for the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In general, the eight states collectively report approximately 26-percent of the total annual number of fatal automobile-related crashes in the United States. Table 2 includes the individual state fatality rates from 1996 to 2003. On average, the southeastern states experience an additional 30 fatalities per million vehicle miles traveled than the United States average. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the eight southeastern states initiated a joint research effort for the region to study this observed over-representation of fatal crashes. This study is complete and this summary report provides an overview of the study participants, their role in the project, and the varying results available.
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