If you have been injured in a traffic accident,
it is important to visit a qualified doctor to evaluate your
injuries. Trying to "heal yourself" could cause your body
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A traffic accident is defined as any vehicle
accident occurring on a public highway (i.e. originating on,
terminating on, or involving a vehicle partially on the highway).
These accidents therefore include collisions between vehicles
and animals, vehicles and pedestrians, or vehicles and fixed
obstacles. Single vehicle accidents, in which one vehicle
alone (and no other road user) was involved, are included.
All fatality and injury totals include pedestrians, motorcyclists
and bicyclists unless otherwise noted.
malpractice is a specific legal term related to lawsuits
alleging various different circumstances leading to damage
to a patient. Malpractice suits may allege various mistakes
made by doctors or other medical professionals, including
misdiagnosis, mistreatment, or various types of negligence.
Not all errors in medical diagnosis and treatment are necessarily
malpractice, because there are certain risks and margins for
error that arise inherently in the practice of medicine. It
is important to seek
professional medical attention if you have been injured
in a traffic accident.
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A total of 42,643 people lost their lives in
motor vehicle crashes in 2003. Another 2.9 million people
The majority of persons killed or injured in
traffic crashes were drivers (64 percent), followed by passengers
(30 percent), pedestrians (3 percent), motorcycle riders (2
percent), and pedalcyclists (2 percent).
Persons 16 to 20 years old had the highest fatality
and injury rates per 100,000 population. Children 5 to 9 years
old had the lowest fatality rates, and children under 5 years
old had the lowest injury rates.
For every age group, the fatality rate per 100,000
population was lower for females than for males. The injury
rate based on population was lower for females than for males
for people 5 to 9 years old and over 74 years old.
Forty percent of the persons who were
killed in traffic crashes in 2003 died in alcohol-related
crashes. Ten percent of the injured persons received their
injuries in alcohol-related crashes.