The History of Auto Deaths: a “Moral Panic’

Human Actions Producing Deaths Graphic

Human Actions Producing Deaths

Streetsblog explores a new paper tracing U.S. driver response to automobile accidents. The Boston University paper: Quantifying Accidents: Cars, Statistics, and Unintended Consequences in the Construction of Social Problems Over Time discusses early American reactions to traffic deaths, just as Americans began buying automobiles. In the beginning, “there was a great deal of ‘moral panic’ about the carnage on the nation’s streets.” 

~Thanks to Asha Weinstein Agrawal for suggesting this post

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