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December 11, 1915

Statistics of Automobile Accidents

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Scotland, Pa.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(24):2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580240063026

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To the Editor:  —Would it not be possible for The Journal to get the facts in regard to automobile casualties in the United States? In view of the fact that your practical system of collecting and tabulating the accident results of the Fourth of July annual observation has aided forcibly in bringing about a change from a dangerous and destructive demonstration to one of sane and safe observance, might it not be possible to the same extent to make the use of the automobile safe and put a stop to the frequent deaths and injuries?I am convinced that if the daily, or especially the annual loss of life could be ascertained and shown up in as conspicuous a manner as has been done in the Fourth of July casualties, the American people would be appalled.The American public through its legislative bodies, the Interstate Commerce Commission and otherwise, has

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