A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that drivers, age 70 and older, are less likely to be involved in car accidents than in prior years and the rates for serious injury and fatal accidents has fallen significantly in the past 15 years.
The IIHS study reports that the fatal car crashes of persons 70-years-of age and older has fallen 42% between 1997 and 2012. This is good news especially given that the older population of Americans has been growing as the nation ages.
IIHS senior vice president, Anne McCartt, says there may be several factors involved in the reduction of serious and fatal accidents among the elderly including:
- Motor vehicles are safer with crashworthiness built into all new cars and trucks.
- Safety features such as crash avoidance and mitigation help prevent accidents and lessen their severity.
- Older drivers may be healthier than previous generations in both physical health but in cognitive processing.
Safer cars and trucks benefit everyone
There is no doubt about it that car safety technologies save lives. Shoulder belts, headrest designs and air bags protect the occupants in a crash and these are technologies that we take for granted today. Car manufacturers are now making cars that protect the occupants and in rear, front and side impact crashes. Vehicle roofs have been made stronger to protect occupants in rollover accidents.
Electronic stability control is a technology that has reduced by half the risk of a fatal single-car accidence. ESC has been required on all model years since 2012.
Crash avoidance technologies such forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure prevention, blind spot detection and adaptive headlights are features that most certainly save lives in the future as automobile manufacturers embrace these technologies and build them into every model.
If you are considering buying a car whether new or used, we recommend you check the IIHS.org website to see the safety ratings. So many models these days are being awarded TOP SAFETY PICK designation and these are vehicles that should be worthy of consideration for you and your family.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another.