Revista de Saúde Pública
versión On-line ISSN 1518-8787
ANDRADE, Selma Maffei de y MELLO JORGE, Maria Helena P de. Road accidents in a city of southern BraziL. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.3, pp. 318-320. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102001000300017.
The study was conducted in the municipality of Londrina, a medium-sized city of southern Brazil. Analysis was performed in the characteristics of road accidents that had occurred during the first semester of 1996, resulting in 3,643 victims. Car or small truck collisions were the most common type of accident. The rate of motorcycle-related injuries (per 1,000 registered vehicles) was seven times higher than that resulting from cars or small trucks. Fatality rates were higher for motorcyclists who collided with stationary objects (29.4%) and pedestrians who were injured by lorries or buses (22.2%), in comparison with a mean fatality rate of 1.8%. This information may provide a basis for the implementation of public policies aiming at reducing accidents.
Palabras clave : Accidents, traffic [statistics and numerical data]; Morbidity; Mortality; Accidents, traffic [prevention and control]; Mortality rate; Brazil [epidemiology].