USA TODAY Reporter Bob Riha, Jr. reports that a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows a 37% decline in fatal auto accidents involving drivers over 70-years-old. The 9-year-study between 1977 and 2008 showed a greater decrease in accidents involving seniors as compared to a 23% decrease in drivers age 35 to 54. With more seniors on the road you would think that the incidence involving seniors would be on the rise.
“The stats are running counter to what most researchers thought would happen,” says IIHS spokesman Russ Rader. “Ten years ago, we predicted that we were going to have a problem with the elderly and automobile crashes; however, the opposite is occurring.” The new statistics are thought to be related to seniors taking better care of themselves, driving more carefully, exercising more common sense, driving less, and advances in auto safety equipment.
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I would refer you to my prior Blog posts regarding the laws relating to elderly drivers.
San Diego Elderly Drivers Speak Out About “Pedal Misapplication,” which is one of several I have written on this issue.
Elderly drivers get a bad rap for being poor drivers, thus causing auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death. The latest studies will hopefully lessen the stigma and perception of seniors being hazardous drivers. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s carelessness talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.