A recent study has found that obese and very obese individuals face an increased risk of death in severe car crashes. The research which published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, found that a moderately obese driver is 21 percent more likely to die in a severe motor vehicle crash than a non-obese drivers.  For a severely obese driver, the chance of death increases by 56 percent. The link between obesity and death risk was found for both men and women.
 
The researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences analyzed data for 156,000 drivers involved in severe motor vehicle crashes occurring between 2000 and 2005. The information was obtained from the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System involving almost. 
 
The authors believe the findings could have implications for car design and car safety testing.  They recommend that a wider range of sizes of crash test dummies be used for safety testing and that the range of adjustable seats be extended.  They also suggested that in the future some cars may be designed with more space between the seat and the steering column.
 
Interestingly, being just slightly overweight lowered the odds for death in a severe crash: these drivers were less likely to die than either underweight or normal-weight drivers.  
 
Atlanta accident attorney Shane Smith represents victims of traffic accidents throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Before agreeing to an insurance settlement, schedule a free consultation to discuss your Georgia accident claim.  Contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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