As advocates for the elderly members of our community, our attorneys are always pleased to report good news for older people. It is always unfortunate and too frequent that we hear of negligence related deaths of elderly individuals, whether it be from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or nursing home neglect. Our attorneys care about these members of our community, and want to do all that we can to ensure their safety, and are happy to relay to our readers when these people are being kept safe.
According to reports from the Indiana Gazette, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a studying saying that drivers who are 70 years of age and older are less likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents than previous generations. They are also less likely to be seriously injured in a collision. This is because both our seniors are generally healthier, and vehicles are safer than before.
Therefore, our roads are now less deadly for older adults and senior citizens. According to the same study, from 1992 to 2012, fatal crash rates for older drivers fell 42% per licensed driver and 39% per vehicle miles traveled. Simultaneously to this decline in fatalities, older drivers are now driving more frequently than they used to as well. Drivers 75 years of age and older have increased annual mileage by over 50% from 1995 to 2008. With an increase in driving and a decrease in driving, this study indicates that elderly drivers are now safer and healthier than they ever have been.