Health Related Factors in Traffic Accident Investigation
Authors: Rune Rimstad, Arne Lindstad
Abstract: The aim of the study is to evaluate road traffic accident analyses reports as a means to improve the system of medical driver examinations. Qualitative analyses was made of accident reports from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration region East and South throughout 2008 and 2009. Only 23 of 235 reports contained information on driver health. Many different diagnoses were represented. Intoxication was a major contributor to accidents. Straight-ahead accidents is discussed as a field of further investigations. In conclusion, the accident analyses reports are not a good source of information on drivers’ health. The system needs wider authorities and mandate to be an effective contribution to public health work in Norway.
Keywords: Traffic Accidents, Risk Factors, Automobile Driver Examination, Public Health
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