Did you know that over one-third of adults living in the U.S. are obese? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being obese puts people at greater risk of dying from a host of medical problems. Now, a new study has examined the link between obesity and fatal vehicle accidents.
Published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, this study by the Transportation and Education Center of the University of California, Berkley, reviewed data from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting Systems from 1996 to 2008 for 57,491 traffic accidents; however, 5,225 drivers were selected for analysis, which revealed the following:
- People with an obesity level I classification (mass body index (BMI) of 30 to 34.9) were 21% more likely to die in a crash than normal weight drivers.
- People with an obesity level II classification (a BMI of 35 to 39.9) were 51% more likely to die in a collision than slimmer drivers.
- People with the highest classification level III (a BMI of 40 or greater) were 80% more likely to die in an accident than a normal weight driver.
- Obese women were at the greatest risk for dying in a wreck.
The outcome of this study reveals that people who are obese are more likely to die in collisions than those who are slimmer. Why is this? Previous research has indicated that the lower bodies of obese drivers experience greater forward motion during an accident—pushing the pelvis further forward before the seat belt tightens. Researchers feel that additional soft tissue keeps the seat belt stretched out longer before it tightens around their pelvis.
If you were injured in an auto accident in Georgia no matter your size, or if your loved one died in a crash from someone else’s negligence, call Shane Smith Law to speak with an Atlanta accident attorney at 770-HURT-999 for a complimentary, confidential case consultation today.