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Avoidable Mortality in Cumbria: A Review of 73 Fatal Road Traffic Collisions

Brown, RE (2014) Avoidable Mortality in Cumbria: A Review of 73 Fatal Road Traffic Collisions. Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

This report presents a retrospective review of 73 fatal road traffic collisions (RTCs) which occurred in Cumbria during 2012 and 2014 that resulted in 78 deaths and 2,120 potential years of life lost (PYLL). The data was compiled from collision investigation reports produced by Cumbria Constabulary’s Collision Investigation Unit. To develop effective prevention programmes in Cumbria, the factors associated with fatal RTCs must be identified and understood. The intelligence within this report is therefore intended to support local decision-making and inform the development of local plans to reduce the risk of death from RTCs in the county.
Collision investigators attend each serious and potentially fatal RTC that occurs in the county. The files which are prepared by the collision investigators include photographs of the collision scene, witness statements, maps and diagrams, toxicology results, and their findings which are then compiled into a report. On average, a collision investigator in Cumbria arrives at the scene in 1 hour and 08 minutes following the collision.
At the time of writing, 55 inquests had been held in relation to the fatal RTCs included within this report, resulting in a coroner’s verdict. The most common verdict delivered was ‘road traffic collision’ (n.27, 35%) closely followed by ‘accidental death’ (n.15, 31%). There was also 1 verdict of misadventure and 1 narrative verdict delivered and in 2 cases the inquest verdict was unknown. There were 8 cases where the inquest was still pending. The remaining 15 cases had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Road Traffic Collision; Avoidable Mortality; Cumbria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2015 08:11
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1070

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