In Canada, motor vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of death, hospitalizations and emergency room visits. In 2010, motor vehicle collisions resulted in over 2,200 fatalities, over 14,400 hospitalizations, nearly 162,000 emergency room visits, for a total of over 172,000 injuries. This in turn cost the Canadian economy $2.2 billion. These numbers alone do not account for the emotional burden that motor vehicle collision injuries and fatalities have on those afflicted and their families.
Promoting and enhancing driver safety is key to improving the safety of Canada’s roads. This evidence-based collection provides an overview of driver safety in Canada, including information on risk factors, as well as solutions and measures to reduce injuries and save lives.