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Populations in developed countries are getting older. Demographic data in the United States suggest a rapid growth in persons over age 65 years as the baby boom generation approaches retirement ages.

This phenomena may hold implications regarding injuries. Existing data show that falls and motor vehicle collisions are the two main factors contributing to injuries in the elderly. In this lecture, the issue of motor vehicle collisions is explored in more detail.

 The author, Thomas Songer, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Center for Injury Research and Control at the University of Pittsburgh and became interested in the crash risks of older drivers while attending a NHTSA conference in 1995.

Internet Links:

NHTSA, Older Road Users

License Renewal in Older Drivers

FHWA, Older Driver Issues