An obese driver more at risk to die in a collision than someone at a normal weight

Obesity affects surviving car crash

BALTIMORE - The size of your waist could affect your chances of surviving a car crash, according to a new report.

Research shows that an obese driver is more likely to die in a collision than a person at a normal weight, reports USA Today.  The study shows an obese driver's lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages.  The driver's additional weight also prevents the seat belt from fitting snugly.

The study's author says that new vehicle designs may need to be changed to better protect people who are overweight.  More than one third of all U.S. adults are obese, according to the CDC.


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