Obesity Increases The Risk of Auto Accident Deaths

Crash Test Dummy

Obese drivers and passengers have an increased risk of dying when involved in an auto accident.  According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), obese drivers faces a 21% increased risk of death in a car accident, whereas a morbidly obese individual faces a 66% increased risk of death.

The study analyzes crash injuries via a series of bio-mechanical factors, such as: deceleration, velocity of impact, seat belt usage and airbag deployment.  The study found that an obese or morbidly obese individual increases the fatality risk associated with the above factors.

Crash test dummies are only designed to represent normal weight individuals; they do not reflect obese or morbidly obese people.  Vehicle design safety improvements could minimize the increased risk of obese drivers and passengers, such as an adjustable seat that allows for greater spacing.


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