IIHS: Senior Driver Accident Concerns May Be Exaggerated

on 11/26/2012

The aging of the baby boomers has increased concerns over a rise in the number of senior motorists in the country and a corresponding increase in accidents involving these drivers.  However, in a new study, researchers say that those concerns may be inflated.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that concerns about an increase in accidents involving senior motorists over the next few years as their numbers increase, may be far-fetched, and may not reflect reality.  The Insurance Institute's Highway Loss Data Institute recently analyzed the changing demographics in the country to understand whether car accident claims may be affected. 

The analysis indicates that some of the concerns that Houston car accident lawyers have about senior drivers, are based on solid facts.  For instance, the analysis found that car accident claims involving drivers in their 70s and 80s are higher than claims involving drivers in other groups. 

However, the analysis also found that the numbers of drivers in these age groups is not likely to be as high as necessary for a major highway safety catastrophe on our streets.  In other words, the number of drivers in their 70s and 80s is still likely to be low enough to offset any increased accident risks that they may have.

Drivers in their 70s and 80s have a much higher car accident rate when you consider the rate of accidents involved in, per mile traveled, as well as all accidents reported to police.  Those rates begin increasing once a driver hits his 70s.  However, between 1997 and 2008, crash rates involving drivers in their 70s and 80s dropped by about 37%, a rate that is much higher than the decline in accident rates involving middle-aged drivers.

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