Older drivers are generally safe drivers, and on a per-license basis are some of the safest.
However, our bodies become more fragile and susceptible to injury as we age; therefore, fatal traffic crashes per mile driven become more frequent as age increases.
- About 30 percent of fatal crashes involving drivers age 65-plus occur at intersections.
- Adults 65-plus are over-represented in the number of traffic deaths compared with the rest of the U.S. population.
- Crashes cost the United States more than $230 billion annually in productivity losses, property damage, medical costs, legal costs, emergency services, insurance costs and cost to employers.
If involved in a crash, older drivers and older passengers are more likely to be killed than younger passengers because of their increased fragility.