Do Olders Drivers Have Higher Rates Of Fatal Car Crashes?
Posted Scott B. Cooper on Oct 22, 2013 in News
Posted on Oct 22, 2013
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, older drivers have higher rates of fatal crashes, based on miles driven, than any other group except young drivers. The high death rate is due in large part to their frailty. Older people are less likely to survive an injury than younger people.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (https://www.nhtsa.gov/), 35 million licensed drivers were age 65 and older in the United States in 2011. By 2020 there will be more than 40 million drivers on the road in this age group. NHTSA says 5,401 people age 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes in 2011. This represents 17 percent of all Americans killed on the road. In addition, 185,000 older individuals were injured in traffic crashes in 2011. There is a growing need to help older drivers sharpen their skills as well as recognize their changing abilities and adapt their driving practices appropriately.
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