Natural Hazards

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 975–977 | Cite as

A new type of human-made disaster from the frequent school bus accidents in China

  • Zheng Zhaopei
  • Qi Shanzhong
  • Xu Yuetong
Short Communication
Road traffic accidents are global problems facing all countries with motorized forms of transport and are increasing in many developing countries including China. Traffic accidents are one of the biggest public health burdens in China. Moreover, they have been increasing rapidly and have in some cases become more deadly than the diseases which historically affected the population, although occurred traffic accidents and casualties have been declining since 2002 (Fig.  1). It has been estimated that 80–90 % of traffic accidents are caused by people in China (Ma et al. 2010).


Traffic Accident Road Traffic Accident Extensive Loss Road Traffic Injury Road Environment 
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This study was supported by Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J12LH04), Humanities and Social Sciences Planning Fund of Chinese Ministry of Education (12YJA790159), and Scientific and Technological Development Planning Project of Shandong Province of China (2012GSF11718). We also thank Editor-In-Chief T.S. Murty and the anonymous advisors of the journal who read a first draft of this paper for their constructive comments to further improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Population, Resources and EnvironmentShandong Normal UniversityJinanPeople’s Republic of China

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