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Accession Number PB2013-111575
Title How Vehicle Age and Model Year Relate to Driver Injury Severity in Fatal Crashes, Research Fact.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 7p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract This report examines the injury outcome of drivers of passenger vehicles from MY 1985 to 2012 who were involved in fatal crashes during the 7-year time period 2005 to 2011. During that range of vehicle model years, many safety improvements occurred. These safety improvements include the number and quality of frontal and side air bags; seat belt quality (including seat belt load limiters and pretensioners); electronic stability control; antilock braking systems; roof crush strength; energy-absorbing steering assemblies; traction control; lane departure warnings; and forward collision warnings. Driver behavior improvements including increased seat belt use have also occurred. This report does not attempt to isolate the safety benefits of each improvement. The summarized benefit estimates of vehicle age and model year in this report are assumed to be due to many improvements in vehicle design.
Keywords Accident causes
Accident rates
Driver behavior improvements
Driver characteristics
Driver injury
Fatality rates
Motor vehicles
Vehicle age
Vehicle characteristics

Source Agency Highway Traffic Safety
NTIS Subject Category 43G - Transportation
85D - Transportation Safety
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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