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THE PRICE OF CARELESSNESS

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(10):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570100058022.
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The commonplace gains enormously in impressiveness when familiar and long-recognized facts arecollected and tabulated. Fourth of July accidents were regarded as inevitable and of comparatively small importance until The Journal undertook the systematic collection and compilation of the statistics. Presented in the aggregate, they shocked the nation, The American people have long been accustomed to accounts of railroad accidents in the public press. It is only the occasional accident of startling character or unusual magnitude which arouses comment. The public does not appreciate the enormous toll which is paid every year in loss of life and limb because of avoidable accidents on our railroads.

Accident Bulletin 50, just issued by the Interstate Commerce Commission, contains a summary of the accidents resulting in personal injuries caused in the operation of interstate railways during the months of October, November and December, 1913. The facts presented are so appalling that if they were

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