The purpose of the MyLAC project - jointly conducted by the Vias institute and by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) was to gain a better understanding of the range of consequences of road crashes for injured victims. It is an international retrospective survey which aimed at investigating consequences of road traffic crash injuries from different perspectives, including medical, psychological, social and economic consequences.
Despite the significant decrease in both road traffic fatalities and non-fatal injuries over the last twenty years in Europe (e.g. 59.400 fatalities Europe Wide in 1996 against 26.000 in 2015; European Commission, 2016) little is known about the consequences of crashes for the persons concerned. Also, much remains to be done to identify the factors and mechanisms that may help improve the quality of the injured persons’ living standard and their families and to improve public policies.
The survey was translated into 15 languages and was disseminated in 2016 in 20 EU countries and in India with the collaboration of numerous local partners in each participating country (e.g. road casualties’ associations, medical/trauma patient associations, road/road safety organizations with a focus on casualties support or on post-crash response). In total, more than forty institutions took part to the dissemination of the survey and more than 800 injured traffic victims completed the survey.
The final report of the MyLAC project have been released in Mai 2018 and is accessible here.
Some results specific to the Belgian subsample have been furthermore published in a thematic file of Vias institute : Meunier, J.C. & Dupont E. (2017). Thematic File Road Safety 10. Implications of crashes for injured victims. Bruxelles, Belgium: Belgian Road Safety Institute – Knowledge Center.