Welcome back to the SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts blog series! This summer, we have featured recent data on some of California's most pressing traffic safety issues. Today, we will wrap up the Series - for now! - and highlight the facts on emergency medical services.
We hope you have enjoyed exploring our traffic safety findings! Stay tuned for more posts in the series. And in case you missed any of the prior posts, check out the fact sheets on:
- Alcohol-Impaired Driving
- Aging Road Users
- Bicycle Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- Motorcycle Safety
- Speeding-Related Collisions
- Seat Belt Use
- Drug-Involved Driving
SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts: Emergency Medical Services
In 2016, there were 34,439 fatal crashes and countless more injury crashes in the United States. Increased coordination between first responders, hospitals, and other traffic safety stakeholders, along with better-quality Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data collection, would enhance planning efforts to improve first responder time to collisions. In emergency medicine, practitioners have a “golden hour,” sometimes less, following traumatic injury wherein prompt medical attention offers the highest chance to prevent death. Thus, improved timeliness and technologies, proximity to care, and roadway access increase a victim’s chance of survival. Read the full SafeTREC Emergency Medical Services Fact Sheet.