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The Statistics on Senior Drivers

Posted on January 2, 2023

More than 233,000 seniors were injured in car accidents in 2020, and 6,549 died, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Though seniors may have decades of experience behind the wheel, certain age-related changes can raise safety concerns. These include reduced reaction time, impaired vision, and side effects from medication.

A recent report tracked drivers starting at age 60 through 85+. Drivers aged 60-64 were involved in 1.2 fatal crashes and 2.8 total crashes per 100 million miles driven. The number of fatal crashes stayed under 2 per 100 million miles until age 75. By age 85+, senior drivers had 7.6 fatal crashes and 6.6 total crashes per 100 million miles driven. In all, 67% of seniors are involved in an accident.

The most common causes of these accidents included failure to yield the right of way and failure to look at their surroundings. Senior drivers also misjudged the driver’s speed and/or gap between their car and another car. Over 70% of the fatal crashes involving seniors occurred during the day. The majority, 69%, happened on weekdays. Fatal accidents were most likely to happen in August and October, with the majority of deaths occurring between June and October. Seniors more likely to be killed in a car crash than younger drivers, perhaps because of their frailty or medical complications.

If you were involved in a car accident and suffered injury due to the negligence of the other driver, it’s a good ideal to contact a top Philadelphia motor vehicle accident attorney to better understand your legal rights.