Causes and consequences of unsafe road use



Road traffic accidents cause thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of disabilities each year. Worldwide, car accidents kill an estimated one million people each year. In most developed countries, young (under 25yr old) drivers have been shown to be by far the most likely to be involved in a car accident (Transport Accident Commission, 2010).

Statistics state the 6 most common causes for road traffic accidents are:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Driving under the influence (alcohol and/or drugs)
  • Weather
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driver (phone, passengers, changing cd/radio, eating etc.)  

For this webquest your job is to assume the identity of a crash investigation officer and research the background of a possible cause and its associated consequences of a given scenario.

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