Vinod K. Seth, MD
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Seth VK. A Rollover Epidemic in North Dakota from 1994 to 1997. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:491. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-6-200203190-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(6):491.
TO THE EDITOR:
During the past few years, I felt that reports of vehicle rollovers in the news media were increasing. Also, in 1996, a patient who replaced roofs of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) told me something that stuck in my mind: He could never find enough accident-damaged SUVs with intact roofs to repair SUVs that had only roof damage. Since I have a teenager who is of driving age, I decided to study the issue.
I obtained copies of North Dakota Vehicular Crash Facts for 1994 through 1997 (1-4). These publications detailed all aspects of fatal and nonfatal vehicle crashes during these years, including but not limited to alcohol or drug use, speeding, seat belt use, type of driver violation, road surface, weather conditions, type of roadway (urban vs. rural), age and sex of the driver, and speed limits. I carefully analyzed the exact nature of the first harmful event in all crashes, as abstracted from standardized crash reports (Table).
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