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Wheelchair users more at risk when crossing roads
Pedestrian wheelchair users in the US are 30% more likely to be killed in road traffic collisions than the general public, says research published in the online journal BMJ Open.
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Crossing the road can be challenging and more dangerous for wheelchair users.
Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year and another 76,000 are injured in road traffic collisions on public roads in the US.
The risk of death among pedestrian wheelchair users compared with that of the general population has not been studied before.
Researchers examined the overlap between two independent but incomplete data sources to estimate the total number of pedestrian deaths caused by car crashes from 2018-1
The research technique used is called two-source capture-recapture.
The two sources used were national news stories on car crash fatalities published on the LexisNexis US newspaper database and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), based on police reports of road traffic collisions on roads in the US.
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