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Exploring crash characteristics and injury outcomes among older truck drivers: an analysis of truck-involved crash data in the United States

Newnam, S, Molnar, L., Eby, D., Blower, D., Koppel, S

Older Road Users Heavy Vehicles Workplace and Work Related Road Safety

ARSC conference 2018

This study explores differences in crash characteristics and injury outcomes in older and middle aged truck driver. Two sets of data in the United States were used to compare truck drivers aged 60 years and older to their younger counterparts (i.e., 27-50 year olds). No differences were identified in crash outcomes and characteristics between older and middle aged truck drivers. Furthermore, older drivers were found to display some safer driver behaviors (i.e., safety belt and alcohol use) compared with middle aged drivers. Recommendations for change in policy and practice are discussed.