Title: Older Road Users: A literature review and exploratory analysis of fatalities and serious injury collisions in relation to older road users: Implications for education, engineering and enforcement initiatives
Organisation: Cornwall Council
Date uploaded: 19th September 2012
Date published/launched: August 2012
The aims of this report are to examine whether there are any differences between serious and fatal road traffic collisions involving older road users and identify initiatives that may increase older road user safety.
Examination of local (Cornwall) and national collision data suggest collisions involving older road users tend to occur during the day between 9am-6pm on A class, single carriageway roads that have speed limits of 60 or 30mph.
Car occupant collisions occur mostly on rural roads, however, pedestrian collisions occur mostly on urban roads. All three road user groups are involved in a high number of collisions at junctions, particularly stag and T junctions. Failing to judge another person's speed or path, failing to look properly and loss of control were key contributory factors.
Driver casualties were predominately male, compared to passenger casualties who were predominantly female. Pedestrian casualties had a slightly more even gender divide.
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