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476660-00052-1 Report Abstract

A Comparison of Crashes and Fatalities in Texas by Age Group: Selected Cities in Texas

Gwen Goodwin, Jamaal Schoby and Shain Eversley, Texas Southern University, October 2012, 48 pp.

In recent decades, great strides have been made to lower the number of accidents that occur on Texas roadways through graduated drivers licensing programs, messages against texting and driving, and discouraging drunk driving. Statistics show that young, novice drivers between 16 and 24 years old account for the highest rate of crashes, and senior drivers (65 and older) have the highest rate of fatalities when involved in a crash. In 2008, in Texas, 571 teens died in car crashes. From 2003 to 2008 over 2,751seniors lost their lives in automobile accidents. Building on work done on a previous study of senior fatalities, this study will examine crash data from 2006 and 2009 from the cities of Houston, Sugar Land, and Pearland, Texas to determine if the number of crashes per age group is increasing or decreasing. This study will also determine if fatalities are increasing or decreasing between these two age groups.

Keywords: Senior Accidents, Teen Accidents, Comparing Crashes of Teens and Senior, Young Drivers, Senior Drivers

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