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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 1995;17(2): 214-224.
Accident as a public health problem in Korea and strategies of epidemiologic study on road traffic accidents.
Joung Soon Kim
Abstract
Mortality and morbidity caused by accidents among Koreans have been increasing steadily and more strikingly from motor vehicle traffic accidents since 1980's, when owning and driving car became a fashionable and ubiquitous life style among Koreans. The proportion of deaths from accidents among all deaths was 9. 5% in 1983 and increased to 14. 8% in 1993. Moreover the mortality rate from the motor vehicle traffic accident increased more than three folds along with eight folds increased number of vehicles during the same period.
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