What we can (and can’t) learn from Oregon’s fatal crash data

The Oregon Department of Transportation started collecting information on fatal motor vehicle accidents back in 1946. Last week, The Oregonian created a searchable map using this data. It shows the location of every crash that resulted in 5 or more fatalities. That’s 47 crashes in nearly 70 years— just a fraction of the total number… Learn More »

One factor makes you 20 times more likely to die in a car crash

Seriously overweight drivers are between 20 and 80 times more likely to die in motor vehicle crashes than those with a lower body mass index. The study (published in Emergency Medicine Journal) used information from over 40,000 real accidents recorded in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Scientists started with collisions… Learn More »