Motor Vehicle Injuries

Background on Motor Vehicle Injuries

toddler in car seatMotor vehicle injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among individuals 1-34 years of age. Common injuries include fractures, open wounds, and brain trauma.

Increasing awareness and knowledge about the seriousness of motor vehicle injuries is an important first step in prevention. Increasing the use of restraint devices such as seat belts and child safety seats, and eliminating drinking and driving are critical strategies for preventing death and serious injury from motor vehicle crashes. Improving driver skills and behaviors, and increasing social support interventions such as designated drivers are proven strategies for reducing motor vehicle crashes.  Creating safer driving environments by adopting and enforcing strict laws to prevent drinking and driving and alcohol sales to minors, and requiring periodic driving tests for licensed drivers also help prevent and reduce motor vehicle injuries. 

Included in the Intervention MICA motor vehicle injuries topic are considerations for implementing interventions with different populations and in different settings. Evidence-based strategies and interventions are described in detail. Action steps, tools and resources for planning and implementing a motor vehicle injuries intervention are provided.

Several resources are available to provide additional information regarding the prevention of motor vehicle injuries. For information about educational or enforcement campaigns, provider training, use of restraint devices, and the improvement of conditions related to transportation in the community, go to:

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