Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new study, Not-In-Traffic Surveillance 2007, that provides statistics on vehicle deaths and injuries unrelated to traffic or to crashes. The information, which has never been routinely collected by NHTSA before, is now required by Congress, and was determined by examining police reports, death certificate information, emergency room records, and NHTSA’s Special Crash Investigations program.

The survey estimates that 1,159 people were killed and 98,000 were injured in 2007 in non-traffic incidents such as single-vehicle crashes on private roads, collisions with pedestrians on driveways, and two-vehicle crashes in parking lots. As well, an estimated 588 people were killed and 743,000 injured  in non-crash situations, with more than half occurring when a vehicle fell on a victim, or through non-intentional carbon monoxide poisioning.

The most common types of non-crash injuries seen in emergency departments were caused when entering or exiting a vehicle (an estimated 164,000 per year), injuries from closing doors (an estimated 148,000), or from over-exertion, such as unloading cargo or pushing a disabled vehicle (88,000). Other common injuries include cuts sustained on vehicle parts, falling against or from the vehicle, antifreeze burns, vehicle fires, closing the window on body parts, battery acid burns, and children being left in a vehicle in excessive heat.

Highlights of the report can be found at NHTSA.

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