Hospitalisation rates for injuries due to non-traffic crashes among New South Wales (NSW) residents has increased over the past ten years, despite fatalities due to road crashes declining, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of
crashes are those involving any vehicles that occur anywhere other than on a
Julie Hatfield and Dr Shanley Chong, from the NSW Injury Risk Management
Research Centre at the University of NSW, with Dr Wei Du from the George
Institute for International Heath at the University of Sydney, conducted a
study to examine the trends in hospitalization rates for injuries due to
non-traffic crashes among NSW residents.
Hatfield said the study identified 37 480 NSW residents admitted to hospitals
for injuries relating to non-traffic crashes between July 1998 to June 2007.
study shows a significant overall increase in the rate of hospitalisation for
injuries resulting from non-traffic crashes among NSW residents with the annual
rate of hospitalisation for injury increasing 0.7 per cent per annum," Dr
findings suggest that the road safety initiatives which have contributed to a
significant reduction in overall road-related injuries in NSW are less
effective in preventing non-traffic related injuries, especially for users of
motorcycles, pedal cycles and off-road vehicles.
study highlights a need to investigate the factors which contribute to
non-traffic crashes, so that we can identify possible counter measures.
non-traffic crashes can be expected to benefit from some initiatives that
reduce traffic crashes for example, improvements to vehicles and protective
equipment not much can be done by way of investment in roads, or behaviour
modification through enforcement.
findings call for continuing and specific effort to prevent road non-traffic
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