Age, sex are predictors of crash types: study

Ann Arbor, MI – A person’s age and sex can predict what type of motor vehicle crash he or she will most likely be involved in, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Researchers studied crash data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimation System between 2005 and 2009, and compared seven different crash types among males and females and age groups 15-19 years old and 45-64 years old.

Among the findings:

  • Fatal single-vehicle head-on collisions were most common among male teen drivers.
  • Front-to-rear collisions occurred most often among teen drivers.
  • Rear-end collisions occurred most often among adult drivers.
  • Left- and right-side collisions were most common among female drivers of both age groups.

In the study abstract, researchers suggested these findings could be applied to vehicle engineering designs to emphasize safety.

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