The Scope of the Problem
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher for certain groups of people, such as young drivers, older drivers, impaired drivers, distracted drivers, and unrestrained occupants. Some of the factors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes are speeding, fatigue, weather, road conditions, vehicle defects, and human error.
The Solutions to the Problem
Motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of drivers and passengers on the road. Some of the effective interventions are:
- Educating drivers and the public about the risks and consequences of motor vehicle crashes, and how to avoid them.
- Improving road and vehicle design to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes, and to protect occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash.
- Providing emergency and post-crash care to victims of motor vehicle crashes, and ensuring that they receive timely and appropriate medical attention, rehabilitation, and support. This can involve improving the availability and quality of pre-hospital and hospital care, developing trauma systems and registries, and providing mental health and social services.
The Call to Action
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for all persons age 6 to 33, but they are not inevitable. By implementing the strategies mentioned above, we can save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the burden of motor vehicle crashes on individuals, families, and society. We all have a role to play in making our roads safer, whether as drivers, passengers, pedestrians, policymakers, or advocates. Let us work together to prevent this tragedy from happening to ourselves and our loved ones.