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July 7, 1993

Traffic Safety and the Driver

JAMA. 1993;270(1):99-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510010105044

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Traffic Safety and the Driver is an important text for professionals and individuals interested in the problem of injury resulting from vehicular crashes. In the introduction, Dr Evans precisely defines terminology and carefully articulates the goals and pitfalls of data analysis. The emphasis on exact language in this and subsequent sections attests to the author's position as principal research scientist at the General Motors Research Laboratories.

The text deals primarily with crashes involving fatal injuries, which have been studied the most and hence for which a great deal of information is available for analysis. The volume focuses on most of the components of William Haddon's classic 3×3 matrix, which is used to describe crashes. Three of three components along one axis are addressed at length, ie, human (host) factors, the vehicle and equipment, and the physical environment. Along the other axis, precrash and crash components are covered thoroughly. In contrast,