Journal of
Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine

  • Abbreviation: J. Clin. Pathol. Forensic Med.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2405
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 28

Short Communication

Road traffic accident deaths as seen in a Tertiary Health Centre Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos, North central, Nigeria

Silas O. A1*, Adoga A. A2, Isichei C.3, Echejoh G. O.1, Manasseh M. N.1 and Olu-Silas R. A.4
1Department of Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria. 2Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria. 3Department of Chemical Pathology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria. 4Attorney General’s Office, Plateau State Ministry of Justice, Jos, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 09 February 2011
  •  Published: 28 February 2011

Abstract

World wide, road traffic accidents have contributed significantly to morbidity and mortality in all regions. With the increase in population, indulgence in alcohol and drug intoxication, increased civilization with consequent increase in the number of vehicles worldwide, road traffic accidents have increased enormously with developing nations worst hit. Several persons have lost their lives in an attempt to move from one place to the other. Most of these deaths are medicolegal in nature as they occur immediately at the scene of the accident or within 24 h of patients’ admission in any health facility following the accident. This has resulted to increased litigation in our courts of law. This paper aims to analyze some demographic features- age, sex and the mode of road traffic accidents in our environment.

 

Key words: Road traffic accident, deaths, Jos.