Snowmobile Injuries

January 11, 1999

A study of snowmobile injuries and deaths in Alaska, published in the January/February issue of Public Health Reports, found that the rates of injury deaths and hospitalizations were higher for snowmobiles than for on-road motor vehicles. In Alaska in 1993-1994, snowmobile-related deaths occurred at a rate of 27 per 100,000 snowmobiles in use, while there were 17 deaths per 100,000 on-road motor vehicles in use.

Calculated a different way, the death rates differed even more dramatically: the rate of 17 deaths per 100 million miles driven in snowmobiles was much higher than the rate of 2 deaths per 100 million miles driven in on-road motor vehicles. The authors estimated that during the two-year period, on-road motor vehicles, including passenger cars and trucks, were driven more than 4 billion miles in Alaska, while snowmobiles were driven approximately 75 million miles.

In the northern region of Alaska, not only was the rate higher but there was a higher number of snowmobile injury deaths and hospitalizations than of injury deaths and hospitalizations associated with on-road motor vehicles.

The authors note that alcohol intoxication, lack of helmet use, and the limited development of trails contribute to the high risk of injury and death.
-end-


Public Health Reports

Related Death Articles from Brightsurf:

Recommendations to improve consensus of determining brain death, death by neurologic criteria
International professional societies developed recommendations for minimum clinical standards to determine brain death/death by neurologic criteria in adults and children to improve the consistency of these criteria within and among countries.

Silicones may lead to cell death
Silicone molecules from breast implants can initiate processes in human cells that lead to cell death.

Sleep, death and ... the gut?
A new study finds a causal link between sleep deprivation and death.

Risk of death from stroke falls by 24%
Thousands more patients each year are surviving strokes, as the risk of death and disability after a stroke fell significantly between 2000 and 2015, according to analysis by Guy's and St Thomas' researchers.

Cells control their dance of death
La Trobe University researchers have revealed for the first time how white blood cells control the final moments of their death, helping their own removal from the human body.

Predicting frailty, disability and death
In a study led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers analyzed patterns of movement among elderly study participants and found that irregular, spontaneous fluctuations could predict a person's risk of frailty, disability and death years later.

One in 10 people have 'near-death' experiences, according to new study
The new findings were presented at the 5th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress.

Jobs vs. death toll: Calculating corporate death penalties
What misdeeds warrant corporate death penalties? A new study explores two case studies focused on industries that kill more people than they employ.

New role for death molecule
To unravel programmed cell death pathways, investigators examine a molecule deemed unimportant, and find new function.

Death near the shoreline, not life on land
Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils--the tracks and trails left by ancient animals--in sedimentary rocks that were deposited on the continents.

Read More: Death News and Death Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.