Anyone can be injured in a car accident at any age, of course, but that does not necessarily mean that car accidents, on the whole, impact all age groups in the same way. For instance, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for those who are under 54 years old, but that is more a reflection of the fact that they tend not to die from other causes – such as sickness or disease – and does not necessarily show that they are incredibly susceptible to car accident injuries.
In fact, where you can find the susceptibility is with older individuals. The fatal accident rates for those who are 70 and older are higher than the rates for those who are between 35 and 54 years old. This does not necessarily mean they crash more often, but simply that they are more vulnerable to the severe ramifications of those injuries. In the same way that a slip and fall accident can be far more drastic for someone who is 75 than it would be for someone who is 25, the same basic idea holds true in car accidents. Elderly individuals have more severe injuries and pass away more often.
In some cases, age may be involved in the reasons for the accident. For instance, someone’s physical and mental functioning may decline. They could be dealing with vision problems or struggling to remember important details, for example. These things can make it slightly more likely that they will be involved in an accident. But the basic reason their fatality statistics are higher is that they are vulnerable in those accidents, not because they are causing them more than other age groups.
If you have lost a loved one or suffered serious injuries in a car accident caused by someone else, you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.