Study Shows Obesity May Increase Risks of Car Accidents

by | January 23rd, 2013

Jan. 23, 2013

A new study shows that an individual’s weight may be a factor in determining the risk of injury or death from a motor vehicle accident. The study was published in a recent issue of the Emergency Medicine Journal, and it concluded that obese motorists are at a greater risk of being hurt or killed in a car accident than those who are considered normal weight.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the Transportation Research and Education Center at the University of California-Berkley using data collected by the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System over a twelve-year period. Of the nearly 60,000 vehicle accidents recorded, 3,403 pairs of cases were examined where drivers crashed under similar circumstances.

Results showed that individuals classified as Level I Obese under the World Health Organization’s standards were 21 percent more likely to die in a car accident than a person classified as normal weight.

Experts believe the reason for this higher risk may be due to the way seat belts fit a person who is overweight.

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