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OLDER DRIVERS’ CRASH RATES CONTINUE TO DROP

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 5:25 pm    

A recent status report released by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) reported some good news with respect to older drivers.  After analyzing data for fatal passenger vehicle crashes, the Institute concluded that for drivers ages 70 and older the fatal crash involvement rates declined from 1977 to 2012 and did so at a faster pace than rates for drivers ages 35 to 54.  IIHS found that this was true whether the data was analyzed by number of licensed drivers or by miles driven.

The IIHS report concluded that although older drivers are still more likely to die in a crash than drivers in the 35 to 54 age group, everyone is benefiting from the significant improvements made in automobile safety during this time.

Another factor which is believed to play a role in the declining fatal accidents among older drivers is that they tend to be less likely to text or speed while driving.

The IIHS report also notes that while they were among the organizations that raised concerns more than a decade ago regarding the potential increased risk of having increasing numbers of older people on the highways, this latest analysis reveals that the predicted problems haven’t showed up in fatal crash data.

For more information see http://www.iihs.org/iihs/sr/statusreport/article/49/1/1.