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December 2, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(23):2078-2079. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480064023

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To the Editor:—  The most serious medical problem in the United States today is the motor accident. A special committee should study this problem from all angles, such as (1) road construction, (2) proper universal marking of roads, (3) car construction, (4) education of the public, and (5) proper medical care.As coroner of a small county of 80,000 population, I have tried to reason "the why of accidents" in this locality. Contrary to most people's belief, alcohol and too fast driving are not the chief causes. The usual cause is lack of proper judgment on the part of the driver. Judgment depends on the condition of the driver, the condition of the road, road markings, construction of the car, the weather and an estimate of the speed of an approaching car.In the fatal accidents of this county I have noted the part of the car that I thought

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