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Specific features of accidents caused by elderly traffic participants

  • With an ever rising human life expectancy the share of elderly people in society is constantly rising. This leads to the fact that at the same rate the share of people with age related diseases such as dementia and poor eyesight taking part in traffic will rise and therefore traffic accidents caused by this group of people due to the disease will play an ever greater role. This Situation will be among the future challenges of road safety work. At present this study displays specific characteristics of accidents caused by elderly car drivers (aged 65 or higher) based on the analysis of the German In-Depth Accident Study GIDAS. Herein almost 1000 elderly car drivers were identified as accident participants in the years 2008 to 2011. The focus of this study lies on identifying special types of accidents which are caused by elderly drivers and on characterizing these types with the information gathered on scene and by interviewing the participants. The main evidence analyzed is the knowledge about the accident locality, the trajectories of the participants as well as the reasons for the occurrence of the accidents. Furthermore personal information such as the personal condition before the accident and driving purposes is used to identify patterns of contributing circumstances for accidents caused by elderly traffic participants.

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Author:Michael Jänsch, Dietmar Otte, Bernd Pund
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2013/09/05
Contributing corporation:Medizinische Hochschule Hannover / Verkehrsunfallforschung
Release Date:2013/09/05
Tag:Alte Leute; Analyse (Math); Deutschland; Fahrer; Konferenz; Statistik; Unfall; Ursache; Verkehrsteilnehmer
Accident; Analysis (math); Cause; Conference; Driver; Germany; Old people; Road user; Statistics
Weiterhin beteiligt: TÜV, Technische Überwachung Hessen GmbH
Source:5th International Conference on ESAR 2012
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 81 Unfallstatistik
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 84 Personenschäden
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 5th International Conference on ESAR

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