THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN SUDDEN ILLNESS AND MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH MORTALITY AND INJURY AMONG OLDER DRIVERS IN NSW, AUSTRALIA

The association between chronic medical illness and the increased risk of motor vehicle crashes may be partially due to the disease induced impairment, particularly a decline in cognitive functioning. This exploratory study investigates the association between sudden illness and the risk of motor vehicle crash related mortality and injury among older drivers using routinely collected crash data in New South Wales, Australia. The results obtained in this study indicate that, though the proportion of older drivers suffering a sudden illness immediately prior to the crash is small and is very much less frequent than other human risk factors causing motor vehicle crashes, it presents a serious problem to the safety of older drivers should a crash occur.

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  • Accession Number: 00989600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2005 12:00AM