A study from The Senior List has determined what states have the highest number of car accidents involving drivers aged 65 or older. While Mississippi was neither in the top 10 nor the bottom 10, residents should understand the conclusions made in this study because they touch on a significant trend. Nearly 42 million licensed drivers in the U.S. are seniors, a more than 30% increase from 2009 and a 60% jump from 1999.

While the past decade has seen an overall decline in traffic deaths, including bicyclist and pedestrian deaths, this did not preclude an increase in traffic deaths among senior citizens. The Senior List found that the worst states for senior car accidents are Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and North Carolina. The safest states are New Hampshire, South Dakota, Delaware, Hawaii and North Dakota.

Though seniors make up 19% of licensed drivers, they composed about 14% of accident fatalities in 2017. Interestingly enough, drivers between 15 and 20 years old composed about 8% of fatalities, but at the state level, researchers found that younger drivers were typically in a higher ratio of crashes than seniors were.

Seniors with diminishing hearing and vision, slower reaction times and motor impairment may not be capable drivers. However, many people ignore these signs for the sake of the freedom afforded by driving.

Those who are involved in an auto wreck and who discover that the other side was responsible may have good grounds for a personal injury claim. A lawyer may determine if a case would be valid under the state’s rule of pure comparative negligence, so victims may wish to schedule a case assessment.  Call George B. Ready if you beleive you have been injured by the fault of someone else.