Older Drivers Getting in Less Car Accidents than Ever

As a car accident lawyer in Panama City, it’s important to keep up with trends when it comes to safety on the road. A recent study has shown what many might find to be surprisingly good news. Despite fears that an aging US population would lead to more traffic fatalities, the opposite is true. The study was released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Washington and it showed precisely the opposite of what researches had predicted.

The study compared “older motorists” to those considered “middle-aged” (35-54 years old) since 1997, and what they found was that not only has the overall level of traffic deaths dropped, but the level for older drivers had saw the largest decrease. Car accident lawyers are interested to note that the number of US traffic deaths has dropped down to a level that it hasn’t seen since the 1940s!

Researchers looked at the data from multiple angles, and the results were the same. Whether the numbers were based on the number of licensed drivers or by the number of miles driven, the levels were lower, with those for drivers in the 70-80 category dropping faster than those of the “middle-aged” group. From 1997 to 2012, the decline for middle-aged drivers was 30%, and the decline for older drivers was 42%. The decline for drivers 80 and over was even more impressive, almost double that of the middle-aged group.

Many groups are celebrating this new discovery, including the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP). The adult children of Baby Boomers also see this as welcome news, as it means their parents are much safer on the roads than they may have worried. Some are chalking the decline in driving fatalities up to older drivers who learned to drive in a more modern era than their predecessors.

No matter the age of the individuals involved, however, if someone has been injured or killed on the road, the assistance of a good car accident lawyer in Panama City should be sought immediately. This kind of attorney will be skilled in handling claims and in working with—or fighting against—insurance companies when it comes time to pay.

The good news from all of this, of course, is that traffic fatalities have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly six decades. That’s the kind of research finding everyone can get behind!


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