Snowmobile fatalities aspects on preventive measures from a 25-year review.
2002 (English)In: Accident; analysis and prevention, ISSN 0001-4575, Vol. 34, no 4, 563-8 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 34, no 4, 563-8 p.
Accident Prevention, Accidents/*mortality, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Alcoholic Intoxication/epidemiology, Cause of Death, Child, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Off-Road Motor Vehicles/*statistics & numerical data, Poisson Distribution, Regression Analysis, Risk Factors, Sweden/epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12867PubMedID: 12067119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12867DiVA: diva2:152538