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Suicide and murder-suicide involving automobiles


Pridmore, S and Varbanov, S and Sale, I, Suicide and murder-suicide involving automobiles, Australasian Psychiatry, 25, (1) pp. 32-34. ISSN 1440-1665 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2016 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856216658830


Objective: We aim to explore the phenomenon of suicide by driving one vehicle into another, and draw attention to the cost to occupants of targeted vehicles.

Method: We examined academic literature, court and newspaper reports, and online sources.

Results: Driver suicide may be achieved by colliding with a fixed object or another vehicle. When a second vehicle is targeted, the occupants of that vehicle experience property loss, and potentially physical and psychiatric injury, or death. Driver suicides are associated with death of another person, in 11.3% of cases. Some suicidal individuals are able to act with great consideration for the consequences of their actions.

Conclusion: Every effort must be made to help suicidal people with mental disorders or other predicaments. There is a need for public discussion of suicide by targeting an oncoming vehicle. It is less likely that suicide drivers who target other vehicles are unable to choose and more likely they have not considered the consequences of their actions.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, traffic suicide, driver suicide
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:110087
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-07-13
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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