Obese Drivers More Likely to Die in Car Crashes; Attorney Jeff Nadrich Responds

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A new study finds a striking correlation between obesity and car accident fatalities. California car accident attorney Jeff Nadrich responds.

A new study from the Emergency Medical Journal finds that obese vehicle drivers are more likely to die in traffic-related injuries than non-obese drivers under the same conditions. The researchers conclude that education is needed to improve seat belt use among obese people, and that additional research is needed to understand the potential role of comorbidities in injury outcomes.

The abstract points out a correlation between higher body mass index and automotive fatality rates. Body mass index is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “reliable indicator of body fatness for most people,” used to screen for weight categories that can potentially lead to health problems like heart disease. It is a ratio of height to weight, and any BMI over 30 is considered obese.

In an analysis of the report, CBS News points out that there were a total of 57,491 crashes analyzed. Researchers focused on crashes involving vehicles of similar size and shape, and discovered 3,403 people who fit the proposed criteria. Nearly half of the people studied were of normal weight, about one third were overweight, and 18 percent were obese.

Jeff Nadrich, a veteran California car accident lawyer, advises all motorists to be vigilant, regardless of weight or health. Nadrich, who has been assisting car accident victims for more than 25 years, points out that while BMI may play a role, no one is exempt to the potentially devastating consequences of an automobile impact. Nadrich further reminds victims to follow the proper protocol following an accident, which starts at the hospital.

According to Nadrich, “If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should see you physician and describe any pain that you may have. If you are in severe pain, you should go to the emergency room immediately. Following an auto accident, you should try to write down any information relating to the accident for future use…Include witness contact information, location, factors that led up to the accident, and any other relevant information.”

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.

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