Systematic Reviews of Strategies to Prevent Motor Vehicle
Injuries are the most important cause of death and disability for the first half of the
human lifespan and are the leading cause of potential years of life lost before age 65.
In the United States and in most industrialized as well as developing countries,
motor vehicle injuries account for the majority of unintentional injury deaths.
Numerous strategies to combat this problem have been developed. There has been a
great deal of attention given to behavioral interventions directed at decreasing alcohol
related crashes, increasing proper seat restraint use, and improving driver skills.
This publication provides systematic reviews of the literature on important
strategies to prevent motor vehicle injuries. It contains information on which
strategies have been shown to be effective, which are ineffective, and which strategies
have been inadequately evaluated that is important for both public policy and future
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