Dr. Klinich presents at Road to Zero event
Sponsor: Addressing Socioeconomic Status Factors in Motor-Vehicle Fatality Mitigation Efforts
Dr. Kathleen Klinich of UMTRI will present:
Addressing Socioeconomic Status Factors in Motor-Vehicle Fatality Mitigation Efforts
We performed analysis of fatalities while considering socioeconomic factors as well as crash characteristics to understand how different populations may need different mitigation strategies. Socioeconomic status (SES) Factors that were considered were race, ethnicity, income, and education. Crash factors that were evaluated were restraint and helmet use, crash types, urbanization level, alcohol use, vehicle type, driver age, and vehicle age. When evaluating SES factors, risk of fatality per capita is lowest in large metro areas. However, in those areas, 20% of fatalities are to pedestrians (compared to 15% overall). Lower education levels, more rural environments, and lower income levels results in higher numbers of fatalities than expected because of more dangerous crash types, lower restraint use, and older vehicle age.