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CARDONA, Angela Maria Segura; ARANGO, Doris Cardona; FERNANDEZ, Dedsy Yajaira Berbesí  and  MARTINEZ, Alejandra Agudelo. Mortality in traffic accidents with older adults in Colombia. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2017, vol.51, 21.  Epub Mar 27, 2017. ISSN 1518-8787.


To analyze the traffic accident mortality in the Colombian older adults during the 1998-2012 period and show the loss of productive years and mortality from this cause.


Quantitative study of the trend analysis of deaths in Colombia in traffic accidents, from 1998 to 2012, according to death records and population projected by the Colombian National Administrative Department of Statistics. Frequency distribution profile of the deceased, death rates per hundred thousand inhabitants, potential years of life lost and calculation of excess mortality by age in the over 60 were made.


In the study period 100,758 deaths occurred in traffic accidents, 6,717 annual average, of which 18.5% occurred in people aged 60 years and over. The predominated deaths were men; the risk of dying was 32.15 per hundred thousand people in this age range, with double risk of dying those under 60 years.


The young population has a higher proportion of deaths, but those over 60 years are at increased risk of death, leading to the need to turn our gaze to the improvement of road infrastructure and standards, to educate the population in self-care and compliance with safety measures and prepare society for an ever more adult population, more numerous and more prone to take risks.

Keywords : Aged; Accidents, Traffic, mortality; Potential Years of Life Lost.

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