How Risky Are Elderly Drivers on the Roads?

How Risky Are Elderly Drivers on the Roads?

Sometimes perceived as perpetual Sunday or slow drivers, older drivers have been shown by some studies to have a higher risk of being in car accidents. Surprisingly, one of the factors associated with this elevated risk may be positive: Older drivers tend to be overly cautious!

There are no current studies to suggest that drivers age 65 and over are more likely to cause traffic accidents. However, while our older population seems to be as safe as any driver on the road, research shows that there are certain situations where they may not drive as well as other motorists.

Among those are high-speed roundabouts, speedy freeway mergers , and roadways that require drivers to look over their shoulders or glance around quickly to make split-second decisions.

Federal Data Highlights Risks Associated with Elderly Drivers

Backing up the research we mentioned above, statistics seem to also underscore the risks associated with elderly drivers, as about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities impact people ages 65 years and older, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While this suggests that elderly people are among those who are most prone to fatal injuries in vehicle crashes, it may also indicate another troubling trend – namely, a potential spike in traffic accident fatalities in the coming years.

That is because the number of drivers who are 65 and older is expected to increase to 25 percent of the U.S. driving population by 2025. To put this into perspective, elderly drivers only comprised about 15 percent of all American motorists in 2001, according to the Rand Corporation.

Factors that Impact the Risks Linked to Elderly Motorists

While there may be a number of environmental factors that contribute to elderly drivers having a higher risk of fatal crashes, the aging process itself may also be to blame.

That’s because, as we age, our eyes begin to go, our hearing isn’t as good, and some of us may even be disposed to debilitating diseases. Deteriorating vision, hearing impairment, high blood pressure, loss of coordination, and many other physical conditions can certainly put elderly drivers and others at risk of car collisions.

And with 32 million drivers over the age of 65 traveling U.S. roadways, it’s easy to see how any of the above impairments can substantially increase the risk of fender benders – and fatal crashes.

So, the bottom line is that, if you are involved in a car accident with an elderly driver or any motorist, don’t assume the blame. Instead, protect your interests and possible claim to financial recovery by calling a Denver car accident attorney who cares about your rights, case, and recovery.

Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at Cederberg Law

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact a Denver car accident lawyer at Cederberg Law to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.

Call us at 303-499-0449 or email us via the contact to meet with us at no cost or obligation to you. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.