This report contains 1991 statistics for older driver fatal crashes in the United States. Highlights from the report are as follows: There were 14 million older licensed drivers in 1991--a 100% increase from the number in 1975. Older drivers made up 8.3% of all licensed drivers in 1991, compared with 5.2% in 1975. In 1991, older individuals made up 12% of all motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities, 11% of all vehicle occupant fatalities, and 18% of all pedestrian fatalities. Most traffic fatalities involving older drivers in 1991 occurred during daytime (82%), on weekdays (71%), and involved another vehicle (72%). In two-vehicle fatal crashes involving an older driver and a younger driver, the vehicle driven by the older person was 2.5 times more likely to be the one that was struck (53% vs. 20%). In half of these crashes, both vehicles were proceeding straight at the time of the collision. Tables and figures are presented showing principal impact points in two-vehicle fatal crashes involving an older driver and a younger driver; driver involvement rates in fatal crashes by age and sex, 1991; motor vehicle traffic fatality rates by age group, 1975-1991; and involvement of the older population in traffic fatalities, 1975 and 1991.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Center for Statistics and Analysis

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1992


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 3 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00626837
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1993 12:00AM