22nd International Conference on Safety of Vehicles – Washington, June 13-16, 2011

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Why is this Conference important?

Since 1971, when the first ESV Conference was held, the total crash death count is now approaching 2 million Americans in the U.S.A. The number seriously injured is estimated to be approaching 10 million. The dollar costs exceed many Trillions in current dollars.

Currently, during the Great U.S. Recession, fatalities occur at the rate of about 90 per day, 400 serious injuries per day, and cost about $650 million per day in dollars (not in tears).

See http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/NHTSA-05-11

For associated costs and consequences, click here.

For conference Info: http://www-esv.nhtsa.dot.gov/

Excellent Vision Zero article on the history of the ESV Conferences see p. 28 at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5abecb69#/5abecb69/1

Who to look for at the Conference

    • 1,000 leading international auto safety researchers discussing future safety technologies will be there.
    • But how many crash victims will be there?
    • How many political leaders will be there? Imagine if President Obama would address the conference and urge the scientists and engineers to do better. He could cite that in his time in office more Americans died of their crash injuries in the U.S.A. than in the entire Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars combined.
    • How many members of the media will be there? Will there be coverage commensurate with the magnitude of the problem?

This is an important opportunity for us to do more to protect the people from loss of life, disabilities, and tragic injuries.