Obese drivers are at higher risk of dying in vehicle crashes, says studyMay 7, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
After taking road accidents off the list, still people who are obese or moderately obese have 3 years less to live than a normal guy under perfect conditions. Adding on, there are risk of diabetes, heart and cancer. So, it won’t be totally non-sense if obese people have higher risk of getting killed in a road accident.
A study of fatal accidents by the University of Buffalo suggests that the bigger you are, the more likely you’ll die from injuries sustained in an accident. In a severe accident moderately obese people face a 21% greater risk if death while morbidly obese face a 56% greater risk of death.
“The severity and patterns of crash injuries depend on a complex interaction of biomechanical factors, including deceleration velocity at impact, seat belt and air bag use, vehicle type and weight, and type of impact,” says Dr. Dietrick Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at University of Buffalo School of Medicine.
“The rate of obesity is continuing to rise, so it is imperative that car designs are modified to protect the obese population, and that crash tests are done using a full range of dummy sizes,” Jehle states.
He suggests that carmakers should begin testing their safety equipments with bigger dummies so that obese people are in the frame of safety considering that one-third of American population is considered obese.
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