Have you ever wondered what type of driver poses the greatest threat to other drivers on the road?
Any driver who engages in negligent or dangerous behavior, such as tailgating, speeding, drowsy driving, driving when intoxicated, or speaking on the phone while driving, can be a threat to the safety of others. However, there are some types of drivers who are more dangerous when compared to others.
Teen Drivers and Elderly Drivers
A new study by the University of Colorado Anschultz Medical Campus and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety was conducted on the two groups of drivers that are considered to be the most dangerous: teenagers and the elderly. The study revealed that teenage drivers cause more traffic crashes and fatal car accidents than elderly drivers.
The study focused on the rates of car accidents and the rates of falling among elderly drivers. The data showed that older drivers that reported one or more falls were at a 40 percent higher risk of traffic accidents. The elderly are also more likely to suffer serious injuries in the event of a crash.
History of Falling Increases Risk of Car Accident
Almost 12 million elderly Americans experience a fall each year, and considering this high number, the researchers wanted to determine whether the rate of falls would increase with the age of the population. During the study period spanning 13 years from 1998-2010 involving citizens aged 65 and older, it was seen that there was an increase in the number of falls by over 8 percent. This could be partly due to the fact that elderly citizens are now living longer, and with more individuals reaching their 80s and 90s, more falls may be expected.
The correlation between falling and traffic accidents is not clear. One reason could be the decrease in coordination due to age-related changes can cause elderly individuals to fall. This decrease in coordination can also make emergency driving maneuvers difficult. An elderly driver may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid a collision. In addition, some pre-existing medical conditions among the elderly may also make it more difficult for them to drive safely.
Educating Teen Drivers
While accident rates are high among senior drivers, it is noted that teenagers cause more fatal accidents compared to elderly drivers. Teenagers are responsible for causing more fatal accidents because of inexperience, recklessness, over-excitement, and over-confidence. They are also likely to be distracted by electronic gadgets while driving. It is important for parents to educate younger drivers about safe driving habits.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, consult a Chicago car wreck lawyer to understand your legal rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.