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How Does Age Affect Car Accidents?

Drivers in the age group of 15-24 years make up 14 percent of the population, but they account for almost 30 percent of medical bills related to automobile accident injuries.

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Approximately 253,000,000 cars and trucks are on American roads every day. The average age of these vehicles is 11 years. Many teen drivers are just a few years older than the cars they drive. Certain factors affect the chances that a driver will get into a car accident. These factors include the health of the driver, use of alcohol, age of the vehicle, and the age of the driver.

Teen Drivers

In the U.S., automobile accidents are a leading cause of teen deaths. In 2013, around 2,163 drivers in the age group of 16-19 years were killed in automobile accidents and another 243,243 teen drivers were injured. Drivers in the age group of 15-24 years make up 14 percent of the population, but they account for almost 30 percent of medical bills related to automobile accident injuries. Per miles driven, teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an auto accident compared to drivers older than 20 years. Some of the factors that make teen drivers more prone to accidents include:

  • Inexperience and lack of training – Young drivers do not have adequate driving experience to successfully handle adverse road and driving conditions or emergency situations. Furthermore, almost 55 percent of the teens killed in crashes die because they do not use a seatbelt.
  • Vehicle age – Older vehicles may have some safety features, but these safety features age along with the car and can malfunction in the event of a crash. When older vehicles are not maintained well, they become even more dangerous.
  • Drinking and driving – Almost 1 in 10 teen drivers drink and drive. Research shows that a teen driver with a blood alcohol content higher than .08 is nearly 17 times more likely to get involved in a fatal crash. More than 2.4 million cases of drinking and driving involving teens are reported every month.

Older Drivers

There are close to 36 million drivers over the age of 65 years in the U.S. The number has increased by over 34 percent since 1999. Today, people are living and driving longer. However, elderly drivers remain at high risk for car accidents. Each day, 15 elderly drivers are killed and another 586 are injured. Older drivers are at higher risk of being involved in auto accidents because of the following factors:

  • Illnesses – Age-related illness such as strokes, heart attacks, loss of motor function, mental conditions, and diminished vision can affect a driver’s ability to react to traffic and road conditions.
  • Age of vehicle – Older drivers are more likely to drive older cars. If these vehicles are not maintained properly, they become unsafe for driving and may cause accidents.

St. Louis Auto Wreck Lawyer

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver, seek appropriate compensation from the at-fault driver with help from a St. Louis auto wreck lawyer. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.

Updated: May 10, 2024