2/6/2009Thousands Injured and Killed in Non-Driving Car Accidents
US Department of Transportation finds 841,000 injured in vehicle accidents that have nothing to do with driving.
A US Department of Transportation study released last month showed that thousands are injured or killed each year in vehicle-related accidents that are wholly unrelated to driving. A total of of 1747 fatalities and 841,000 injuries are the result each year of non-traffic crashes and non-crash incidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency compiled the estimates to provide the first-ever look at the magnitude of accidents that cannot be resolved with a new law enforced with traffic citations.
Among the findings were that a total of 168 individuals are killed each year by falling vehicles with another 88 dying after they themselves fall out of a car. Five are killed by electric windows and three die while locked in the trunk. About 22 percent of injuries are caused while entering or exiting a vehicle. Twenty percent of injuries are caused by car doors while 10,000 find themselves in a hospital after an incident involving a hoist or a jack. NHTSA compiled the information from a number of sources including police reports, hospital records and an injury database maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Annual Estimate of Non-crash Injuries by Incident Type
Injured by Closing Door 148,000
Boarding or Alighting: Falls 84,000
Struck or Struck by Other Vehicle Part(not door, hood or trunk)
74,000 Cut by Part of Vehicle 68,000
Boarding or Alighting: Other Injuries(such as strains or sprains)
44,000 Boarding or Alighting: Door Injury 36,000 Fall Against Vehicle 28,000
Fall From Vehicle(not boarding or alighting)
Struck by Other Product(usually cargo)
20,000 Radiator/Antifreeze Burns 9,000
Other Hoist/Jack Incident(not involving a tire)
8,000 Vehicle Fire Incident 3,000 Muffler/Exhaust Pipe Burns
Closing of Vehicle Window 2,000 Carbon Monoxide From Vehicle Exhaust 2,000 Hoist/Jack Incident With Tire 2,000 Tire Explosion 1,000 Battery Acid Burn 1,000
Hyperthermia in Vehicle(excessive heat)
View a summary of the results in a 150k PDF file at the source link below.