Older drivers, have, unfortunately, gotten a bad reputation for being dangerous for the safety of others on the road. Plenty of sitcoms and anecdotes are behind this trend, but some research studies have even drawn a link between age and a person’s likelihood to cause or be involved in a serious vehicle accident in California or elsewhere.
It looks like some that perspective, though, has more to do with stigma and less to do with science. It looks like younger individuals, and in particular, men, are actually at much higher risk of being involved in an accident. New analysis out of the U.K. shows that 17-21 year old males have an accident risk three to four times their elders up to age 70.
Elderly drivers were observed to determine the behaviors most likely to lead to an accident and the study managers found that older drivers were most likely to make mistakes when it came to overtaking and in completing a right turn.
Those drivers older than 75, however, should be aware of their heightened risk for serious car accidents. What distinguishes younger and older drivers is the kind of accident. While
Older and younger drivers are also involved in different types of accidents. Older drivers are most likely to be involved in accidents with other elderly people, suggesting that they might make the same kinds of mistakes. Younger men have the highest risk of being in a single-vehicle accident, however.
Have you already been involved in an accident with an elderly driver or someone else who was negligent? Make sure to get medical attention immediately.