David Davies, Executive Director of PACTS has written an article Getting serious about road casualties. But how serious is serious?
In this article, he talks about how more and more countries and road safety authorities are adopting zero deaths or serious injuries as their vision. But how should this be defined?
There is no simple answer to the question “How serious is serious?” There are several definitions of serious injury. They have different origins and serve different purposes. It seems worthwhile to try to understand them better, their advantages and disadvantages, how they compare and how they can be best used in injury prevention, trauma care and other fields.
Though it is clear that the burden and cost of the most severe injuries are very high – for individuals, society and the economy. This argues for more resources to be directed at reducing these in a manner commensurate with those where a person loses their life.