Older Occupants’ Recovery From Crash Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database documents characteristics of crashes that result in one or more fatalities within 30 days of the crash. A person injured in a crash who survives the 30 days following a crash is considered a crash survivor and is not included in the FARS database. However, the long-term health consequences for older adults injured in crashes are unknown.
The goal of this study was to provide better understanding of the consequences of older adults’ crash injuries on their health and functional performance – their ability to carry out normal activities – by addressing research questions.