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Why we should care more about car accidents

April 2, 2011

By Fiorenzo Conte

Via Reuters

“Death rates among adolescents have overtaken those of young children as increasing numbers of young males are dying through street or gang violence or injury (such as in incidents like car crashes) while efforts to reduce child mortality are succeeding.

Findings showed that in the 1950s, mortality in the one to four age group far exceeded that of all other age groups in all regions studied. But in the 50 years up to 2004, death rates in children aged one to nine fell by 80 to 93 percent, mostly due to reductions in deaths from infectious disease.

In contrast, declines in death rates in those aged 15 to 24 years were only about half that in children, largely because of increases in injury-related deaths,  particularly in young men.”


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