Characteristics of Drivers Involved in Single-Car Accidents: A Comparative Study

Chester W. Schmidt, Seymour Perlin, Russell S. Fisher, John W. Shaffer

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This report describes a methodology for retrospective, in-depth, psychological investigation of driver fatalities. The results suggest that fatally injured drivers of single-car accidents can be differentiated from fatally injured drivers of multiple-car accidents on the basis of life-style and personality characteristics. Similarly, an overlap group of multiple-car and single-car drivers with a history of excessive alcohol usage may be differentiated from all other fatally injured drivers on the same basis. The Katz Adjustment scales significantly differentiated the above groups from a normative population on five of 18 scales. Preventive methods suggested by these results include educational efforts directed toward sensitizing persons in contact with high-risk drivers for the purposes of intervention, and the development of automatic safety equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-803
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of general psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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