THE ALARMING NUMBER of automobile accidents resulting in death or injury to thousands of persons each year and the direct and indirect costs associated with these accidents is one of the more depressing features of modern life. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that there will be a dramatic improvement in this situation in the foreseeable future because: automobile transportation is central to the North American way of life, the majority of drivers have no competence in anything but routine driving situations, and often factors beyond a motorist's control cause or contribute to accidents. For these reasons it is reasonable to expect that automobile accidents will still occur even if all users of the road exercise care and that the carnage on the highways must be regarded as a phenomenon of twentieth century society

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