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Study: Older drivers have fewer car accidents. Who knew?

One of the big concerns on the minds of a lot of baby boomers right now is that maybe their parents are getting too old to drive. The presumption behind that concern is probably that older drivers tend to get feeble and have slower reactions. Logic would seem to dictate that that translates into them being more likely to be in injury causing or fatal car accidents, right?

Well, apparently not.

Readers in the Erie area may be interested in a study recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It reveals that drivers who are 70 years old or older actually are less likely to be in a car accident than older generations. And the


they do get into are less likely to result in death or serious injury. 

According to the IIHS, traffic deaths in the United States have fallen to levels mirroring what they were in the late 1940s. Accident rates in general have gone down, but this study found that since 1997, fatalities per driver and collisions per vehicle mile have declined most among those in the older age bracket compared to drivers aged 35 to 54.

The greatest decrease in such crashes was recorded among drivers who are 80 and over.

It was just 10 years ago that safety experts were predicting that accident rates would begin to rise as the population of the country continued to skew more toward the older end of the age spectrum. The institute researchers suggest that the reason the predictions have now been proven false can be attributed to cars being safer and older drivers being generally healthier than in the past.

When accidents do occur, and they will, the next question that may surface is what steps may be required to obtain compensation appropriate for the level of injury or damage done. An experienced attorney can help make such an assessment.

Source: GoErie.com, "


Accident rates improving for older drivers


," The Associated Press, Feb. 21, 2014

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