Statistics on Senior Drivers
According to the National Safety Council, of the 23.6 million drivers involved in crashes each year, the number of accidents in each age group decreases with each subsequent age bracket.
This means that drivers aged 16 to 19 were involved in the most crashes (25,890 out of every 100,000 active drivers), while drivers in the 75+ bracket were involved in the least crashes (4,311 out of 100,000). Conversely, looking instead at the total number of crashes without accounting for the proportion of the total drivers in each age group, the 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 age groups accounted for the most accidents.
The Foundation for Traffic Safety found similar data, demonstrating a general decrease in total crash rates and injury crash rates per 100 million miles driven as drivers aged. However, one statistic didn’t follow this pattern; their numbers showed that per 100 million miles driven, the 80+ age bracket had the highest rate of crashes involving fatalities of any age group.
These numbers can be used as evidence for several conclusions. The first is that seniors don’t seem to be responsible for more accidents numerically than other age groups, nor are they more likely to be involved in crashes proportional to the number of drivers who are 65 and over. However, they may be more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than younger age brackets when accounting for the number of miles driven.
This could be because seniors drive around the least of any age group, practically tied with the 16 to 19 group, which had around the same number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles. However, it could also be because drivers 65 and older frequently have the highest fatality rates in car crashes, likely because they are more prone to severe injuries.