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Forensic Polymer Engineering by P Lewis, C Gagg

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9

Components in transport applications

9.1 Introduction

Car use is so ubiquitous that it is taken for granted, but yet the number of accidents remains high despite the many measures taken to reduce them over the years. They are still one of the most common causes of death and serious injury, with 53 485 in 1992 dropping 39 407 in 2002, of which there were 4229 deaths in 1992 and 3431 in 2002 (1). Although the UK has the lowest death rate of European countries (6.1 per 100 000 population in 2001), it is small consolation to the relatives of those victims, or the large number of injured motorists. The main causes are adverse weather, alcohol consumption and excessive speed, causes which have been tackled by tougher legislation and changes in ...

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