We kicked off Injury Prevention Month on April 1st with an invited lecture provided to the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Trauma and Critical Care group on Older Adult and Teen Driving by our Injury Prevention Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW.
During her informative presentation, Lisa went over current statistics related to older adult and teen driving and provided information on what can be done to help reduce crashes and ultimately the death rates resulting from these crashes.
Did you know that approximately 15 older adults die, and 500 are injured every day due to motor vehicle crashes here in the United States? Older adults accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2012. Healthcare providers have an ability to help reduce these rates, along with friends and family members of older adult drivers.
Also, did you know that nationally, approximately seven teens between the ages of 16-19 died every day in 2011 due to motor vehicle crashes and teen drivers in that age group are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20? It turns out that speed, alcohol and lack of seat belt use are some of the highest risk factors for teen drivers.
Here at BMC we see victims of motor vehicle crashes day in and day out and the Injury Prevention Team is dedicated to research, advocacy and programming aimed at reducing these alarming statistics.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2008: Older Population. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2009 [cited 2011 Feb 25].
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts: 2012 Occupant Protection. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 2014. Publication no. DOT-HS-811-892. [cited 2014 Sept 8]. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811892.pdf.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Fatality facts: teenagers 2012. Arlington (VA): The Institute; 2012 [cited 2014 Sept 29]. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/fatalityfacts/teenagers