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Senior Driver Crash Rates Continue Dropping

IIHS study reveals older drivers’ safety rates improving.

by on Feb.21, 2014

Seniors are less likely to be involved in crashes despite the fact they are driving more often and there are more seniors on the road than ever.

There are two groups of drivers that are perceived as the most dangerous: teenagers and seniors. While teenagers don’t seem to be getting much better as drivers, seniors continue to dispel the notion that they are a problem on the roadways, according to recent data.

Senior drivers – those 70 and older – are less likely to be injured or killed in or even have a car accident than previous generations of drivers, said the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Fatal crash rates among drivers aged 70 and older since 1997 have declined faster than crash rates among middle-age drivers — those aged 35 to 54 — though the pace of the declines appear to be tapering off, IIHS said. (more…)