Adult drivers in New York who are 65 or older are at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal crash rates among older drivers increase significantly when drivers reach their 70s. The highest fatal crash rates per mile traveled involve drivers at or over the age of 85.

Crash statistics from 2012 showed that there were 5,560 older adults killed in car accidents that year. Over 214,000 older adults suffered from car accident injuries during that same time period. The CDC says that the high fatality and injury rates for older car accident victims are mostly due to older drivers’ susceptibility to injury and not because of their tendency to be involved in crashes.

Older drivers typically practice a lot of driving behaviors that lower their chances of being involved in car accidents. For example, 79 percent of older vehicle occupants wear seat belts compared to only 66 percent of other adult vehicle occupants. Older drivers usually drive fewer miles than younger drivers during bad weather and nighttime hours. When older drivers are involved in fatal crashes, they are much less likely than younger drivers to have a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit.

Car accidents can be caused by many different factors, and it is sometimes difficult to determine what caused one before an investigation is completed. A person who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident may want to discuss their case with an attorney. If the victim was not at fault for the accident, an attorney may be able to help them file a claim against the responsible party seeking compensation for the damages that have been incurred.