Certain generations of drivers are at an increased risk of being in a major car accident. Surrey lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates prepared this article to examine the issue of age as a risk factor for motor vehicle accidents.
Younger and Older Drivers are the Most Dangerous on the Roads
Teens tend to get a bad rap and are thought of as the most dangerous drivers. While it is true that young drivers (those under the age of 25) have the highest crash rates, Canadian and US statistics indicate that crash rates for people age 70 and older are similar. Overall, young drivers and older drivers are involved in more car accidents than any other age group, and seniors and younger drivers (especially young male drivers) tend to pay the highest car accident insurance premiums.
Why are Younger and Older Drivers More Prone to Car Accidents?
Driving is a highly complex task that requires the integration of visual information with cognitive and motor skills. There are several reasons why younger and older drivers are more prone to major accidents. For example, younger drivers are inexperienced behind the wheel and their brains are still developing; both of those factors can make teens in particular less able to assess danger and more likely to engage in risky driving behaviour such as speeding or reckless driving. Older drivers are more likely to experience age-related impairments that impede their driving ability, such as slowed reflexes or response time, or medical conditions that compromise vision, hearing, mobility (e.g. muscle or joint stiffness that make it difficult to shoulder check) or cognition (e.g., Alzheimer’s or dementia).
Who is Most at Risk For Serious Injuries or Fatal Car Accidents?
We have considered the issue of which generation of drivers are most likely to cause car accidents, but what age group is the most at risk of being injured or killed as a result of a car accident? Canadian statistics show that adults age 24 to 35 are the most likely to suffer serious injuries, whether they were the driver or passenger in a major accident. (Surrey lawyers at our firm have previously discussed catastrophic injury claims and have compiled these FAQs about brain injuries and spinal injuries for those who have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident). Though adults aged 24 to 35 are most likely to be seriously injured, older drivers (that is, those over the age of 65) are more likely to die as a result of a motor vehicle accident, likely because they are more fragile or have other health conditions (see here for more information on ICBC claims for fatal accidents).
Surrey/Delta, Abbotsford, and Vancouver lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates are available if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident. Our personal injury law firm has an enviable record of success handling complex ICBC claims for clients throughout BC and our major accident injury lawyers aim to continue building on our reputation of providing the best quality service to our clients. To find out how the team of major accident lawyers in Surrey/Delta, Abbotsford and Vancouver can guide you through the ICBC claims process and maximize your compensation, request a free consultation or call us today at (604) 689-8888.