Mobility impairments in crash-involved older drivers

Academic Article


  • Objective: To evaluate potential associations of impairments in physical function with motor vehicle crash involvement in older drivers. Methods: Case participants were randomly selected residents of Mobile County, Alabama, ≥ 65 years old who had sustained an at-fault motor vehicle crash in 1996. Similarly selected crash-free controls were frequency matched to cases on gender and age. Self-report data on demographic variables, medical conditions, medications, driving exposure, and function were collected by telephone interviewers. Results: Relative to crash-free subjects, crash-involved drivers were significantly more likely to report difficulty walking 1/4 mile and moving outdoors. Marginally significant associations were observed for trouble carrying a heavy object 100 yards and for the occurrence of falls in the prior year. Increasing numbers of functional limitations were directly related to the odds of crash involvement. Discussion: In comparison to crash-free controls, crash-involved older drivers are more likely to report other mobility-related impairments, possibly including falls.
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  • Sims RV; McGwin G; Pulley L; Roseman JM
  • Start Page

  • 430
  • End Page

  • 438
  • Volume

  • 13
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  • 3