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January 26, 1957

THE DOCTOR AND THE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

JAMA. 1957;163(4):255-259. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970390031012
Abstract

• Certain well-tested automobile improvements that would lower the mortality and injury rates could be incorporated into the modern car easily and inexpensively. Better roll-over frames are necessary, and safety seat belts should be standard equipment. Safety door latches, padding of the dashboard, elimination of projecting items inside and outside, shock-absorbing steering wheels, a mechanism for restraining all folding seats, provision for holding luggage securely, and certain improvements in lights, mirrors, and signal systems would often save lives. A physician treating accident victims has an opportunity to encourage their relatives and friends to work in favor of the adoption of automobile safety features. A check-list of safety principles is suggested for consideration as a "Good Driver's Code."

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