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Snowmobile fatalities aspects on preventive measures from a 25-year review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12067119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During October 1973 through May 1998, 157 snowmobile fatalities were autopsied in Northern Sweden, including 131 riders, 15 passengers, six occupants with unknown position and five victims pulled by a snowmobile. Most fatalities occurred during March and April (41%), on weekends/holidays (75%), between 18:00 and 02:00 h (59%), during darkness (63%), in clear weather (84%) and at leisure time (94%). The median age was 39 years and 92% were men. The most common causes of death were blunt trauma (53%) and drowning (38%). A total of 64% were inebriated by alcohol, with a mean blood alcohol concentration of 1.7 g/l. More inebriated victims were found during weekends/holidays than on weekdays (75 vs. 51%) and during nighttime than during daytime (92 vs. 52). Driving into water was the most common event (38%) followed by collisions with immobile objects (20%). Alcohol and speeding were the most common contributors to the crashes, while flotation snowmobile suit and helmet use were considered to be the most important injury prevention factors.
Mats Oström; Anders Eriksson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0001-4575     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-17     Completed Date:  2002-12-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Accident Prevention
Accidents / mortality*
Aged, 80 and over
Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology
Cause of Death
Middle Aged
Off-Road Motor Vehicles / statistics & numerical data*
Poisson Distribution
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Sweden / epidemiology

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