This study was conducted to compare the driving records of physically handicapped drivers to average drivers. The results of such a study could be beneficial in evaluating the need for differential licensing or insurance rates. Handicapped drivers were defined as persons with loss of, or limited control of, one or more of their limbs. The majority of these handicapped drivers had little or not use of their legs. Although they were the more severely handicapped, they do not represent all physically handicapped drivers. A 20% sample of the drivers license file resulted in 694 handicapped drivers, an estimated population of 3,500. This handicapped sample was compared to a sample of 1,237 normal drivers. When compared on biographical variables, handicapped drivers were more likely to be male, single and older. Their driving record appeared to be equal to, or better than, the normal driver. Both male and female handicapped drivers had a similar involvement in total accidents and a lesser number of convictions than the normal driver, but there was an indication that male handicapped drivers may be involved in more fatal and injury accidents than normal. In those fatal and injury accidents involving two or more motor vehicles, the handicapped driver was less likely to be at fault. No significant differences were found when comparing the driving record of the various restriction groups. From these results, it does not appear that differential licensing standards or insurance rates can be justified on the basis of the handicap alone. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    Research and Statistics Section
    Sacramento, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Dreyer, D R
  • Publication Date: 1973-5

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127173
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR 42
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM