Identifying Behaviors and Situations Associated With Increased Crash Risk for Older Drivers

This report reviews published literature and analyzes the most recent Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)/General Estimates System (GES) data to identify specific driving behaviors (performance errors), and combinations of driver, vehicle, and roadway/environmental characteristics associated with increased crash involvement by older drivers. The analyses reveal, in considerable detail, the contemporary (2002−2006) crash experience of older drivers on streets and highways in the United States. The over- and under-involvement of drivers ages 60-69, 70-79, and 80+ in various crash types has been highlighted through tabular summaries, graphs, and accompanying discussion. For subsets of the two-vehicle crash data within each national database, crash involvement ratios based on comparisons of at-fault to not-at-fault drivers within groups of drivers from 20 to 80 and older, segregated in 10-year cohorts, provide further exposure-adjusted estimates of the magnitude of particular risk factors.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 68p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01137616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 093
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-05-D-05043, Task 08
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 3 2009 3:27PM