There are many statistics about car accidents, each of which points to a different conclusion in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that happen. Some data point to the dangers of new drivers, some point to the heightened risk of driving while pregnant, and many have discussed the dangers of elderly drivers. However, it may surprise you to learn that a recent study has once again brought into question just how old age can affect driving skills. According to the findings, drivers over the age of 69 have been involved in significantly less fatal accidents in the last 15 years.
Overall, these elderly drivers have been involved in 42 percent less car accidents in this time period, more impressive than the 30 percent drop that middle-aged drivers between 35 and 54 experienced over the same period. Despite this, there does remain an increase in crash rates per mile at the age of 70, so while there are less fatal accidents for elderly drivers, there are still a lot of non-fatal accidents.
Some believe that this strange phenomenon has to do with how much safer vehicles are these days and with the experience that comes with years of driving. While it’s wonderful news to hear that fewer elderly drivers are dying in accidents, the fact remains that they still run into accidents more often than most, which could mean more injury lawsuits both in favor of elderly drivers and against them.
These statistics obviously include Oklahoma, which means there is a strong possibility that there are a few drivers over the age of 70 who are getting in accidents in our state. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation, especially if you can prove that the other driver was clearly at fault.