Thirteen percent of Americans are over age 65. About 80 percent Americans
over age 65 are licensed drivers; this means there are almost 32 million
elderly drivers on the road.
In 1997, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
conducted a study on the crash risk of older drivers. The report, "Traffic
Safety Facts 1997: Older Population", found that older drivers are
disproportionately represented in fatal car crashes. A 2007 study found
that drivers age 65 and over are more likely to sustain serious injuries
in non-rollover crashes than other age groups. Older drivers are especially
susceptible to injury in right and
left turn accidents. And the risk of injury and death go up as age goes up. Drivers in the
65-69 year old age group are were involved in approximately 13 fatal accidents
per 100,000 people, while drivers in the 80-84 year old age group are
involved in approximately 19 fatal accidents per 100,000 people.
Why do older drivers have an increased risk of car accident injury and
death? There are several reasons.
1. Younger drivers are more aggressive.
In crashes that involve both a younger driver and an older driver, the
older driver's vehicle is twice as likely to be the vehicle that is hit.
2. Older drivers have a higher risk of left turn accidents.
Statistically, an older driver is five times more likely to be involved
in a left-turn accident than a younger driver. Learn more in the article,
"Left Turn Accidents and Older Drivers: Are you at an increased risk
of a West Palm Beach left turn accident?"
3. Older drivers have a tendency to drift within their lane.
A driver who drifts out of his lane is at a higher risk of sideswiping
a vehicle going in the same direction or of being involved in a head-on
4. Delayed reaction time.
Unfortunately, as we age, we are unable to react as quickly to information
and our physical reactions slow down and. Delayed reaction puts a driver
at higher risk of an accident, especially in fast-moving traffic.
How can you keep yourself safe on the road? Craig Goldenfarb, a
car accident attorney in West Palm Beach suggests:
1. Get your vision and hearing tested regularly.
2. At your annual physical, ask your doctor if you are still safely able to drive.
3. Don't drive if you are a taking a medication that impairs driving ability.
4. Get regular exercise. Exercise improves both flexibility and reaction time.
If you are an older driver and have been injured in a West Palm Beach
car accident, a car accident attorney in West Palm Beach can deal with
the insurance companies on your behalf. If the accident was caused by
another driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries,
pain and suffering, and other losses.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605 to learn more.
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until your read Craig Goldenfarb's book,
What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know.