A Comparison of Motor Vehicle Crashes Between Older and Middle-Age Drivers in South Carolina

South Carolina (SC) has the 6th highest growth rate of adults over the age of 65. South Carolina (SC) is a mostly rural state but is a popular retirement destination. The authors examined South Carolina crash and fatality data for the years of 2006-07 for licensed drivers between the ages of 35 to 50 and 65 to 80. There were 26,064 crashes involving SC drivers over the age of 65 in South Carolina during 2006-2007 and 84,632 among drivers 35-50 years old. The most common primary contributing factors in crashes with an older driver fatality included failure to yield right of way, disregarded sign/signal, too fast for conditions, run off road, and under the influence. The most common primary contributing factors in crashes with a middle-age driver fatality were driving too fast for conditions, under the influence, wrong side/wrong way, run off road, and exceeded speed limit. The most common action prior to impact for both fatal and non-fatal crashes in both age groups was moving essentially straight ahead. The results of this examination can be used to guide the development of driver evaluation and rehabilitation programs within SC by illustrating the areas of need for older drivers in the state.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01157000
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2354
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:05AM