Expect to see more and more elderly drivers on the road over the next three decades, reports online news outlet FairWarning.com. The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s difficult to predict whether that will translate into more car accidents. The number of people age 65 and older with a driver’s license is expected to make up around 20 percent of the total driving population in about 15 years.
People who drive often are less likely to be involved in a traffic crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In order to reduce the number of traffic accidents among the elderly, two states, Illinois and New Hampshire, require road tests for drivers over the age of 75. Other states require vision tests and do not let drivers renew their license by mail. Other safety precautions that have been discussed are larger warning signs along the side of the road, and seatbelts that inflate if someone is in a car accident, similar to an air bag.
Florida Accident Statistics
Drivers in the 20-24 age group were involved in the most fatal car crashes in Florida in 2008, while drivers over the age of 90 were involved in only 18 fatal crashes in 2008, reports the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Alcohol-related crashes were far more prevalent among young drivers (158) than among elderly drivers over the age of 90, who had no alcohol-related accidents.
Despite the assumptions that are made about Florida car collisions and who causes them, the Florida car crash lawyers at Farah & Farah will look at the facts of an auto accident to determine who the at-fault driver is and how their insurance policy will apply in a case that involves an uninsured or underinsured driver. Call any of our many Florida offices so we can discuss your Florida car crash case, regardless of your age.