Research Article: Preventing Road Deaths—Time for Data

Date Published: March 30, 2010

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): unknown

Abstract: In this month’s editorial, the PLoS Medicine Editors call for better data to support policy changes that could reduce the huge global burden of death and injury from road traffic crashes.

Partial Text: This week in PLoS Medicine we publish a Policy Forum article by Lagarde and Constant on the prevention of injuries and deaths in vulnerable road users (VRUs) [1] and a research article by Shankuan Zhu and colleagues examining whether body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for injuries sustained in road traffic crashes [2]. Following the recent refocusing of the journal’s scope [3] we are now keen to prioritize studies that examine all factors—whether environmental, economic, political, or biological—that contribute substantially to morbidity and mortality worldwide. This includes studies of road injuries and deaths.