A new report from TRIP, a nonprofit research group, shows that the rate of fatal accidents involving drivers 65 years of age and old increased at double the rate of all drivers over the past five years. During that time frame there was a 22% increase in fatal crashes for older drivers. This increase appears due to more older drivers on the road, more active senior lifestyles, reduced ability to avoid car accidents, and physical fragility.
Between 2012 and 2016, California had the most drivers 65 and older on the roads in the country and the third most fatalities for that age group. TRIP estimates that 15 percent of the population is currently over 65, but that percentage rises to 24% by 2060. Over the past ten years, the number of licensed drivers 65 and older increased by 38 percent, with the rate of older drivers increasing from 15 percent of all drivers on the roads to 19 percent.
A TRIP associate director offered some possible solutions to reduce the number of fatalities for drivers 65 and older, including roadway improvements, road signage improvements, standardized car safety features, and reduced driving levels.
The full TRIP report can be found here.
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