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    More on "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor

    While difficult to disentangle what is getting Robertson so enraged, the following four possibilities seem likely candidates.

    1. He denies my claim [1, p. 381-388] that US safety policy has been a dramatic failure.

    2. He disagrees with my explanation [1, p 389-408] that the litigation focus of US safety policy has contributed to this dramatic failure.

    3. He di...

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    Comments on Evan's letter #2

    Dear Editor,

    I must add to Leonard Evan's "to do" list. After getting his skin thickened, he needs courses in English comprehension and basic epidemiology.

    In my letter, I said that I gave "far more" than my litigation fees for scholarships and a professorship, contrary to his claim that it all came from litigation fees. I doubt that "far more" means something in England, where Evans apparently learned...

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    Comments on Robertson's reply

    Dear Editor,

    Once again I am indebted to Robertson for adding support to my central thesis. The fact that a chair bearing his name is endowed with his litigation profits underlines the unique influence of litigation in the US approach to traffic safety. In what other country does this happen?

    In some states, such as Texas, it is illegal for juries to know that an injured plaintiff was not wearing a safety...

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    Author's reply: Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor,

    Leonard Evans obviously dislikes my less than totally favourable review of his book. My review noted several sensible sections in the book, but several nonsensical ones as well. My reference to self-publication of the book was only to point out that it would have benefited from peer review. His assertions in his letter regarding me and my income are patently false. He needs a skin transplant. His is t...

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    Robertson's review of "Traffic Safety" by Leonard Evans

    Dear Editor,

    While it is not customary for an author to comment on a review, a response seems appropriate to L.S. Robertson’s review [1] of my 2004 book "Traffic Safety."[2]

    Another reviewer writes "Evans' work covers in remarkable detail the full range of important topics in traffic safety…but his chapter 'The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Safety Policy' is the showstopper."[3] This "showstopper" shows that wh...

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