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June 26, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(9):841. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690270037015

More than 22,000 American women 15 years and over die each year as a result of injuries sustained in accidents; thus more women perish from accidents than from any other cause except cardiovascular diseases and cancer. According to a recent study,1 the three leading causes of accidental injury in this group—motor vehicles, falls, and burns and conflagrations—account for almost four-fifths of all accidental fatalities. Falls are responsible for about one-seventh of all deaths from accidents, with conflagrations and burns responsible for about one-tenth of the fatalities. Motor vehicle mishaps constitute the major hazard, accounting for more than half of all accident fatalities among women. Four out of every five women killed in automobile accidents were passengers or drivers, the others being pedestrians. Although millions of American women are gainfully employed, relatively few are killed in industrial accidents. Surprisingly enough, one-quarter of the fatal accidents among women under age 65

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