Definition of serious injury

The EU strategy on reducing serious road traffic injuries sets out a definition of “serious injury”

In a bid to reduce the number of drivers and other more vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and pedestrians from being seriously hurt in road traffic accidents, the EU plans to set a standard definition of serious injury across member states so that an effective injury strategy can be formed.

The definition will use the current trauma scale used by the medical profession named ‘Maximum Abbreviated Injury Score’ (MAIS). This scale ranges from 1 to 6, with 3 or above being the most serious injuries and those that a road safety strategy will focus on reducing.

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