Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 43–51 | Cite as

Examining the association between area level deprivation and vehicle collisions that result in injury

  • Khrisha B. Alphonsus
  • Cheryl Waldner
  • Daniel FullerEmail author
Quantitative Research



The objective of this study was to examine the association between area level deprivation and vehicle collisions resulting in either property damage or injury.


A multilevel observational study was conducted using the 2000 to 2010 Saskatchewan Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS) (n = 72,234) and 2006 Census data at the Dissemination Area level (n = 337) for the city of Saskatoon.


Total area level deprivation was associated with severity of traffic collisions, but the association varied based on time of day and road repair status. Collisions were more likely to result in injury from the most deprived (Q5) versus the least deprived quintile (Q1) at all times of day; the difference was greatest in the evening (OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.3 to 2.3). However, there was no other evidence of a monotonic increase in risk associated with area level deprivation. When there were faded markings or potholes, the odds of a collision involving injury were 2.6 (95% CI 1.5 to 4.4) times greater for the most deprived quintile compared to the least deprived quintile. There were no significant differences in the risk of injury between area level deprivation quintiles when road conditions were good.


While the association between area level deprivation and whether vehicle collisions result in injury in Saskatoon varies based on time of day and road repairs, under many circumstances the most deprived areas report more injuries from collisions compared to the least deprived.


Total deprivation Socioeconomic status Vehicle collisions 



Examiner l’association entre la privation à l’échelle locale et les collisions entre véhicules automobiles causant des dommages matériels ou des blessures.


Nous avons mené une étude observationnelle multiniveau à l’aide des données du système d’information sur les accidents de la route de la Saskatchewan (TAIS) de 2000 à 2010 (n = 72 234) et les données du Recensement de 2006 au niveau des aires de diffusion (n = 337) pour la ville de Saskatoon.


La privation totale à l’échelle locale était associée à la gravité des collisions de la route, mais cette association variait selon l’heure du jour et l’état de la chaussée. À toute heure du jour, les collisions étaient plus susceptibles de causer des blessures si elles se produisaient dans le quintile le plus défavorisé (Q5) que dans le quintile le moins défavorisé (Q1); l’écart était le plus prononcé en soirée (RC : 1,7, IC de 95%: 1,3 à 2,3). Nous n’avons cependant trouvé aucun autre signe d’augmentation monotone du risque associé à la privation à l’échelle locale. En présence de marquages délavés ou de nids-de-poule, la probabilité d’une collision avec blessés était 2,6 fois plus élevée (IC de 95% : 1,5 à 4,4) dans le quintile le plus défavorisé que dans le quintile le moins défavorisé. Il n’y avait aucun écart significatif dans le risque de blessures selon le quintile de privation à l’échelle locale quand la chaussée était en bon état.


L’association entre la privation à l’échelle locale et la probabilité que les collisions entre véhicules automobiles causent ou non des blessures à Saskatoon varie selon l’heure du jour et l’état de la chaussée, mais dans de nombreuses situations, davantage de blessures dues aux collisions sont signalées dans les quartiers les plus défavorisés que dans les quartiers les moins défavorisés.


Privation totale Statut socioéconomique Collisions entre véhicules automobiles 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khrisha B. Alphonsus
    • 1
  • Cheryl Waldner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel Fuller
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Western College of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity, School of Human Kinetics and RecreationMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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