Older Drivers Are Less Likely to Crash and More Likely to Survive If They Do Crash

This article reports on a research that has been tracking the likelihood of older drivers being involved in crashes, as well as the severity of injuries that they are likely to incur. The author notes that the fate of older drivers continues to improve, hypothesizing that these improvements are due to safer vehicles as well as a general trend for better health among seniors. The article reports on research that looked at improvements in older driver safety between 1997 and 2008. The author provides data on demographics, including how many seniors are retaining their driver licenses longer and population projections, as well as on changes in travel patterns. In a new study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) compared trends for drivers ages 70 and older with those for drivers ages 35-54 (so-called “middle age” drivers) for involvement in fatal passenger vehicle crashes. Readers are referred to the full study, available at publications@iihs.org (J.B. Cicchino and A.T. McCartt).


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
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  • Accession Number: 01523655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2014 6:28PM