Often older drivers and younger drivers are blamed for car accidents generally because the thought is that older and younger drivers are disproportionately responsible for car accidents. A recent review of the age of drivers in car accidents in a Highlands County, Florida shows that all drivers no matter their age can get into a crash.
The Florida Department of Transportation does not keep specific records regarding the age of drivers who get into a crash but research conducted by the newspaper Highlands Today shows drivers between the ages of 15 and 29 and drivers between the ages of 75 and 89 have the highest number of traffic fatalities in Highlands County. Among younger drivers 16 deaths were reported in the county between 2007 and 2009, and among older drivers 14 deaths were reported during the same time period. In comparison drivers between the ages of 30 and 44 had five fatalities.
While younger and older drivers experience a higher fatality rate, younger and older drivers are not necessarily more reckless than other age groups. The Sheriff’s Captain from Highlands County explained that most younger drivers are not purposefully trying to be reckless on the road. The Sheriff’s Captain says younger drivers have more distractions. In contrast, older drivers have less distractions but have diminished reaction times. Statistics from Highlands County can be extrapolated to reflect the proportion of accidents according to age group across Florida and the United States.
Drivers between the ages of 25 and 75 are historically the best drivers. In 2009, drivers in Highland County showed that all age groups can have their on and off years. In that year the safest group of drivers were older drivers. Younger drivers still had the highest number of accidents but drivers between 45 and 59 years of age had the second highest amount. Since anyone of us could get in a crash, Dayton car accident lawyers suggest all stay focused and alert on the road.