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TitleCost of traffic accidents
AuthorsMcLean AJ
Year1992
TypeConference Paper
Abstract"When an ox gores a man or woman to death ... If the ox gores a slave or slave-girl, its owner shall pay thirty shekels of silver to their master.. . . " This quotation from the book of Exodus shows that the concept of the money value of a human being is not new. Fortunately we do prefer to regard a human life as having a value which we cannot measure adequately in economic terms. But this wholly desirable reverence for life can lead us astray when it is abused in claims such as "If this programme saves even one life then it is worthwhile". The fallacy in this attempt to justify the expenditure of funds should be obvious: if we had a choice of one of two equally-feasible lifesaving programmes we would select the one which is likely to save ten lives in preference to that which may save only one. To do otherwise would be to neglect the opportunity to save nine lives.
SponsorThe Finnish Association of Traffic Medicine (FATM), the Nordic Association for Traffic Medicine (NATM), the International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine (IAATM), World Health Organization (WHO)
Conference Name12th World Congress of the International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine and 7th Nordic Conference on Traffic Medicine
Conference LocationHelsinki, Finland
Conference Date23-25 June 1992
Page Range39-52
Page Count14
NotesAvailable from CASR library on request

Reference
McLean AJ (1992) 'Cost of traffic accidents', Proceedings of 12th World Congress of the International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine and 7th Nordic Conference on Traffic Medicine, pp 39-52.