Crash Statistics for Older People

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jun 18, 2010 in Car Accidents

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released a fact sheet on older people (65+) and motor vehicle crashes. These are some of the findings:

  • Older people accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities and 18% of all pedestrian fatalities.
  • Older drivers make up 15 percent (31 million) of all licensed drivers in 2007.
  • One hundred eighty three thousand older individuals were injured in traffic crashes in 2008, accounting for 8% of all the people injured in traffic crashes.
  • Older drivers also made up 15% of all traffic fatalities, or 14% of all vehicle occupant fatalities.
  • Studies show most traffic fatalities involving older drivers in 2008 occurred during the daytime (80%), on weekends (72%) and involved other vehicles (69%).
  • Older drivers involved in fatal crashes had the lowest proportion of total drivers with blood alcohol concentration.
  • Seventy-seven percent of all older occupants of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were using restraints at the time of the crash, compared to 63% for other adult occupants (18 to 64).
  • For older people, sixty-four percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred at non-intersection locations.

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