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Deaths and injuries from car accidents: an intractable problem?

Wells, Peter Erskine 2007. Deaths and injuries from car accidents: an intractable problem? Journal of Cleaner Production 15 (11-12) , pp. 1116-1121. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2006.05.027

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This paper presents an analysis of the implications of motorisation in emerging economies for deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. It is shown that emerging economies have high rates of death and injury alongside low vehicle ownership rates. If vehicle ownership rates increase, so too could be the rate of deaths and injuries. Taking a broad view of automobility culture to include cars, infrastructure, legal systems, medical services, and populist views of motoring, it is argued that reducing the human cost of motorisation (and making motorised mobility more sustainable) cannot be achieved only by technical fixes to the car. Rather, approaches that are sensitised to the particularities of place, and resonant with distinct cultures of automobility, represent the most likely means to achieve more sustainable mobility.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automobility; Culture; Traffic deaths and injuries; Emergent economies; Motorisation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-6526
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27

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