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March 3, 1951


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Dixon, Ill.

JAMA. 1951;145(9):614-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270008002

Accidents of all types have been the cause of extensive research and surveys. Despite the commendable efforts of safety conferences in all fields, despite the fine educational program of the National Safety Council in our schools, the annual accident rate is, and will continue to be, high.

With motor vehicles being responsible for the greatest number of accidents, these figures from the National Safety Council are pertinent. The total number of fatal accidents in 1946 was 33,700, an increase of 20 per cent over the preceding year and of 38 per cent over 1944. With the National Safety Council ratio commonly used, of 35 injuries to each death, the 1946 approximate total of nonfatal vehicle injuries is 1,200,000.

With the continued increase in travel, the probable number of victims of motor accidents in need of prompt and efficient care is too appalling to estimate. Consequently, the need for providing this