Driver injury severity: an application of ordered probit models

Accid Anal Prev. 2002 May;34(3):313-21. doi: 10.1016/s0001-4575(01)00028-8.


This paper describes the use of ordered probit models to examine the risk of different injury levels sustained under all crash types, two-vehicle crashes, and single-vehicle crashes. The results suggest that pickups and sport utility vehicles are less safe than passenger cars under single-vehicle crash conditions. In two-vehicle crashes, however, these vehicle types are associated with less severe injuries for their drivers and more severe injuries for occupants of their collision partners. Other conclusions also are presented; for example. the results indicate that males and younger drivers in newer vehicles at lower speeds sustain less severe injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical*
  • Motor Vehicles / classification
  • Regression Analysis
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality