Violence and Injury Prevention

Post-crash response: Supporting those affected by road traffic crashes

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 provides a framework for key activities that governments, international agencies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders can use to guide their efforts. Central to the framework is the Global Plan for the Decade of Action with its five “pillars” that address a range of road safety aspects, including road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post-crash response.

As relates to the post-crash response, survivors and families affected by road traffic crashes have a range of physical, psychological and legal needs. Consequences may include physical injuries and resulting disability, psychological trauma that can impair reintegration into work and family life, and a range of economic and legal sequelae. A broad and integrated approach to support survivors and families can mitigate the short- and long-term effects of experiencing a road traffic crash and can help those affected return to function and independence at home and at work. An effective post-crash response requires integration of injury care, mental health services, legal support and legislation, and data on road traffic crashes and injuries.

Complemented by case studies from various countries, Post-crash response: supporting those affected by road traffic crashes describes the components of the post-crash response.

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