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May is National Trauma Awareness Month

Published May 11, 2015

The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month. This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 27th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “3D Trauma Prevention,” and focuses on contributors to motor vehicle crashes:

  1. Drugs/drinking
  2. Distraction
  3. Drowsiness

This is an all too familiar list that makes driving in the United States a risky endeavor. In 2013, the United States saw over 32,000 fatalities and over 2.3 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes. Of those, 31 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver and 18 percent involved a distracted driver. While these numbers have decreased slightly over the past few years, the promotion of prevention strategies and education around risky behaviors must continue until these statistics are eliminated. 

Learn more with Distracted Driving Facts and Figures.