Traffic Safety Facts 2010 Data: Older Population

This fact sheet focuses on the older population in the United States, defined as all people age 65 and older. In 2010, 13 percent of the total U.S. resident population (40.4 million people) were age 65 and older. In 2010, 5,484 people age 65 and older were killed and 189,000 were injured in traffic crashes. These older individuals made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2009, fatalities among people age 65 and older increased by 3 percent. Among people injured in this age group there was a slight (1%) increase from 2009. Over three-fourths (79%) of all older occupants of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were using restraints at the time of the crash, compared to 66 percent for other adult occupants (18 to 64 years old). Among the 65-and-older age group, from 2001 to 2010, the total population increased by 15 percent (increased for males by 19% and for females by 11%). However, driver fatalities for this age group declined by 15 percent (decreased for males by 15% and for females by 17%).


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  • Accession Number: 01448623
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 811 640
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2012 11:17AM