The role of driver age in fatally injured drivers in Canada, 2000-2013

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
Traffic Injury Research Foundation

This fact sheet reported results from the analysis of Canadian fatal crash data from 2000 to 2013 that were drawn from TIRF’s National Fatality Database. The characteristics of drivers killed in road crashes during this period were summarized according to driver age and trends in fatal crashes. Data to describe the magnitude of the crash problem and trends over time were presented for drivers aged 16 to 19 years, 20 to 34 years, 35 to 64 years, and 65 years and older. The role of contributing factors in collisions involving fatally injured drivers, including alcohol, drugs, distraction, speed, and fatigue were shown.

Results revealed that young drivers, aged 16 to 19 years, had the highest fatality rates per population during this timeframe. Results also indicated that some of the contributing factors in fatal crashes were more common among one age group than others. Based on these findings, TIRF suggested that consideration of the characteristics of drivers in fatal crashes can inform the development of public education campaigns.

Traffic Injury Research Foundation. (2016). The role of driver age in fatally injured drivers in Canada, 2000-2013. Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Ottawa, ON.