Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Older Adults
"When we ask people if they think Zero Fatalities on Utah’s roads is an achievable goal, most people tell us no. But when we ask them how many of their loved ones they’d be willing to lose in a crash, they quickly realize that Zero is the only acceptable number."
According to the CDC, in 2009 there were 33 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the U.S. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age (1). While persons aged 65 years and older represented only a small proportion of the persons involved in a crash in Utah in 2012, they were 1.7 times more likely than all other age groups to die (2).
- Fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 for older adult drivers. This is due to increased susceptibility to injury and medical complications rather than an increased tendency to get into a crash.
- Age-related declines in vision and the ability reason or remember things can affect older adult drivers.
- Males are a higher risk of crashes than females for all age groups.