Experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Reveals Statistically Elderly Drivers Are More Likely To Die or Be Catastrophically Injured In Car Crashes than Teenagers
As an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer since 1979, I think that I probably have handled many types of conceivable car accidents that could occur. It may seem surprising to many readers that although young drivers and teenagers have the highest fatality rate per mile driven (almost 4 times as high as the rate for drivers 30 to 60) driving fatality rates decline steadily until age 25 and stays low until drivers reach age 70. After age 70, fatality rates increase steeply to the point where drivers 80 to 84 are as dangerous if not more dangerous than 18-year olds. From age 80, the fatality rate rises steeply to the point where drivers 85 and above have the highest fatality rate of all, one and a half times as high as 16-year olds. Obviously the fatality rate among the elderly is due to greater susceptibility to injuries rather than a higher propensity to get into accidents and a simple event injury may turn into a complicated event injury-wise for the elderly person.
In the last year, I have had the privilege of representing a few of Pennsylvania’s golden citizens who were catastrophically injured in what would otherwise be a minor impact injury situation due to their frail nature. It is interesting to note that in a few particular cases younger occupants of the vehicle were able to walk away while some elderly occupants had to be helicoptered to nearby hospitals in critical condition and remained in critical condition only to live their golden years out confined to a hospital bed or nursing facility. According to studies, the role of age was revealed in recent Toyota sudden acceleration recalls where the bulk of incidents involved fatalities reported by drivers age 61 to 80.