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Study finds the road getting safer for drivers over 70

As some readers might already be aware, the population of the United States is getting older. In fact, as the baby boom generation ages and nears retirement, the proportion of the population that has reached retirement age will increase. By the year 2050, it is expected that there will be 64 million people in the United States over the age of 70.

One ramification of this shift is that there will be more older drivers than ever before, which has been a serious safety concern in the past. older drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal car accident than drivers in other age groups because of several factors including difficulty with the actual task of driving and susceptibility to injury. However, a recent study has shown that improvements in vehicle safety and better health for people at older ages is helping to lower the rate of fatal accidents among drivers over the age of 70.

In fact, since 1997 the rate of fatal car crash per licensed driver over 70 fell by 42 percent. This is a big improvement and a welcome indicator to those concerned about highway safety. A spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that the study should help ease concerns about public safety on the roads as the baby boom generation ages.

Whenever a fatal car accident occurs, the victims and others involved typically want answers about what happened and why. To get these answers, many people turn to civil actions to determine who was at fault for the crash and if it could have been prevented.

Source: Miami Herald, "Accident rates improving for older drivers," Joan Lowy, Feb. 24, 2014.

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