WHO: Injuries and violence are causing 1 in 12 deaths (2)

1 December, 2022

Thank you for sharing Neil.

Just to mention something about road traffic injuries is that the word accident for these types of injuries should be avoided as this removes the assumption that this events are preventable and leaves them as random occurrences. [*see note below]

An article about this discussion: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4225791/

With regards,

Francisco Javier Bonilla-Escobar, MD, MSc, PhD(c)


International Journal of Medical Students

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[*Note from NPW, moderator: Thank you for the correction, Francisco and it's good to see you are the lead author of the piece you refer to: 'Injuries are not accidents'. The term 'road traffic accident' was not used in the WHO news release but was inadvertently introduced by me to replace 'road traffic crashes' (an example of anglicisation). I take your point about use of the word 'accident'. The term is still widely used officially and colloquially in the UK. I note that you propose the term 'road traffic event' and some others are using the term 'road traffic incident'. But neither of these terms evoke impact. Do you think we should use the term 'road traffic crash' as used by WHO?]