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Are Older Drivers Safe Drivers? Some Statistics

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Older drivers are generally safe drivers, and on a per-license basis are some of the safest.

See also: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Older Drivers

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.

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