Here in Vero BeachFlorida, our population of citizens over the age of 65 is much higher than in some other areas of the country. People who live in those colder climates in the Midwest and on the East Coast are likely to want to winter in the warmth of Florida. Those who live closer to the West Coast are more likely to head to Arizona, Nevada and California.
When I was researching which age group was likely to be involved in auto accidents resulting in personal injury, I came upon several different studies which all said the same thing. By far, teen male drivers were the group most likely to be involved in auto accidents. People between the ages of 15 and 24, and over 74 years of age were most likely to be injured in an accident.
Does this mean that all people in these age groups are bad drivers? No, absolutely not. But they are more likely based upon the numbers. Take a look at this list from Autos.com:
Car Crash Statistics Based on Age
Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash
Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash
Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents
Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities
Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24
Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seatbelts
Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol
High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents
Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash
Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers.”
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