Older drivers get a bad press!
Road accidents involving older drivers
Older drivers get a bad press. There are many stories of senior motorists heading the wrong way up a dual carriageway, or driving without lights on during the middle of the night. But statistically speaking, senior drivers are actually not the most at-risk group in terms of accidents.
The age old debate: Young Vs old
While there are many myths surrounding older motorists and their driving habits, much of this can be quite unfair. In fact, older drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident than younger drivers. 2011 figures show that the younger demographic are more prone to accidents. During 2011, drivers over the age of 70 were involved in 10,974 road accidents. During the same year, there were 35,953 accidents involving drivers aged 17-24.
In addition, further research by the RAC Foundation has found that the proportion of older drivers compared with the injuries and deaths they account for is much less than younger drivers. Of the drivers in the UK, 6% are aged over 75, but only 4.3% of all road deaths and serious injuries fall into this age group category. Meanwhile, 16-20 year olds form only 2.5% of the driver population, and yet this age group forms 13% of all the deaths and serious injuries.
What to do if you have an accident
While the evidence suggests that younger drivers are actually more likely to be involved in accidents than older motorists, that doesn’t mean that senior drivers are immune from such incidents. Unfortunately, accidents involving senior motorists do occur.
If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in an road accident and have suffered an injury, contact Nigel Askew Solicitor for a free, no obligation discussion about your case. I operate on a no-win no-fee basis, and can be contacted by phone or visiting my website.
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