According to ongoing research into motor vehicle accidents in the United States, the answer is yes. Data indicates that the risk of being injured in a car accident does indeed increase as a person ages. Texas is home to a large portion of older drivers, and many nonresidential older Americans also spend time behind the wheels of cars in the state. This means that at any given time, a plethora of senior drivers occupy Texas highways.
Car accidents are dangerous and potentially fatal regardless of a person’s age, but older Americans can suffer more severe injuries than those in younger age groups. Here are a few statistics for you to consider.
— Nearly 36 million Americans older than 64 were licensed to drive in 2012
— Over 214,000 older drivers were injured in car accidents in 2012
— On average, 586 older Americans are injured daily in car accidents
— In 2012, over 5,500 senior citizens perished in car accidents
There are many reasons why older drivers and passengers have a higher risk of car accident injuries. Contrary to popular belief, these injuries typically do not occur because older people simply have more accidents than younger individuals. In fact, older drivers tend to practice more caution than some younger drivers. The higher risk of being injured may come from older individuals being more susceptible to injuries. Existing medical problems or complications occurring after the accident may also contribute to the injuries suffered.
While older citizens in Houston, Texas, are more capable and independent than ever, they deserve to be safe on the road. If you are an elderly person who has been injured in an accident, consider talking with a legal professional about your options for seeking compensation.
Source: CDC.gov, “Older Adult Drivers,” accessed Oct. 03, 2016