Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.

  DOT HS 809 857

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey
Volume 4
Crash Injury and Emergency Medical Services Report

5. Report Date

March 2005

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)
John M. Boyle and Patricia Vanderwolf
Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc.
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Research and Technology
400 Seventh Street, S.W. Room 5119 (NTI-130)
Washington, D.C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Survey conducted Jan. 8, 2003 to
March 30, 2003

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

16. Abstract

  The 2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey was the fifth in a series of biennial national telephone surveys on occupant protection issues conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data collection was conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc., a national survey research organization. The survey used two questionnaires, each administered to a randomly selected national sample of about 6,000 persons age 16 or older. Interviewing began January 8, 2003 and ended March 30, 2003. This report presents the survey findings pertaining to crash injury and emergency medical services. Detailed information on the survey methodology, as well as copies of the questionnaires, are contained in a separate NHTSA report (“2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey. Volume 1. Methodology Report”).

Nearly three-in-ten persons age 16 and older (27.4%) reported having been injured in a vehicle crash where they required medical attention. Approximately 16% of the total population, age 16 and older, has received injuries from motor vehicle crashes severe enough to prevent them from performing some of their normal activities for at least a week. Persons not wearing a safety belt at the time of the (most recent) crash were about twice as likely to be hospitalized from the crash-related injuries as those wearing safety belts. People have more concerns about stopping at the scene of a vehicle crash in 2003. However, virtually everyone said that they would call for help in situations where it was too dangerous to stop and provide assistance. The proportion of drivers who have a wireless phone with them when they drive has continued to increase.

17. Key Words

Occupant Protection
Crash Injury
Emergency Medical Services

18. Distribution Statement

  Document is available to the public through the
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161

19. Security Classif. (Of this report)

20. Security Classif. (Of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price

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