Traffic accidents affect the young
A study carried out by the Ney Arias Lora Trauma Hospital has revealed that 59% of deaths caused by traffic accidents involve young people between the ages of 15 and 44.
The study, presented by Kaury A. Taveras, a professor at the hospital, revealed that in 2014 there were only 40 days in the year when the hospital did not treat traffic accident victims who went on to die as a result of their injuries. In 2015, the figures were even worse, with only 18 days without fatalities.
Taveras said that the peak times for traffic accidents were Easter Week, December, the weekends, February during carnival, public holidays and paydays.
She highlighted that a large number of deaths could have been prevented if people had worn a helmet when riding a motorcycle. She said that correct helmet use could reduce the risk of death by 40% and serious injury by 70%, as most motorcycle accident deaths were caused by head injuries.
In 2014 the hospital treated 1,383 motorcycle accident and 664 car accident victims. This year to date they have treated victims of 7,776 motorcycle accidents and 3,430 car accidents.
There were 324 deaths in 2014 and there have been 173 deaths up to June this year.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Sep 23, 2015
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