Georgia Ranks Number 5 in Country for Senior-Related Accidents
GEORGIA – According to an online news report at times-herald.com, Georgia ranks number 5 for the most car accidents associated with senior-related accidents per 100,000 individuals.*
According to a new study released by SeniorList.com, there are a number of states that have the worst senior drivers, per data generated from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The top ten states with the most senior drivers involved in deadly accidents are Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York.
The ten states with the lowest amount of senior driver-related fatal accidents are Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wyoming, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Alaska, Delaware, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
Roughly 42 million Americans who are aged 65 and older are licensed drivers, which is a 60% increase since 1999. There are 1 million vehicle operators over the age of 65 in Georgia alone with nearly 770,000 who are 70 or older, per the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Additionally, senior citizens are outpacing the overall total in various categories related to deaths on the road, per the national Highway Transportation Safety Board.
In the majority of cases, the overall amount of traffic fatalities have decreased over the past decade. However, there is a large increase in the number of accidents caused by individuals aged 65 and older, per the study, This is due to a large jump in the rate of senior citizens who hold driver’s licenses.
The study indicates that in 2017, there were about 7,000 people aged 65 and older who died in traffic accidents, which accounted for 18% of all traffic-related fatalities for that year.
The good news however, is that between 2016 and 2017, the rate of traffic fatalities across the board was reduced by 1%, including the rate of traffic deaths among senior citizens.
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Sources:http://times-herald.com/news/2019/07/georgia-ranks-fifth-for-senior-car-accidents and https://www.theseniorlist.com/data/senior-driving-analysis/
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