Who Contributes to More Accidents? Seniors vs. Teen

Parents be aware that new drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in accidents than drivers over 20 years of age. This is based on research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Drivers age 65 and over are three time less likely to be responsible for collisions. The lastest surveys show seniors at 7.5 percent while teens are at 12.2 percent risk according to the United States Census Bureau.

Recently groups like Teen Driver Source and Distraction.gov are advocating to bring awareness to the risks of cell phone use while driving, passenger distraction, aggressive road behavior (road rage), driving under the influence and ignoring seat belt laws.

Concerns are still in place for seniors that are car dependent. The symptoms of elderly drivers include slow response time and impaired vision and hearing, all factors that can have a substantial effect on road safety. 

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