National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Individuals, age 65 and older, made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, 14 percent of all vehicle occupant fatalities, and 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. When a crash occurs, the older driver is more often injured than the passengers in the other car.
Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Not only will there be more drivers, but these drivers will also drive more miles per year than previous generations, and will drive at older ages. By 2020, estimates are that more than 40 million older Americans will be licensed drivers.
Many older adults rely heavily on the automobile for transportation because they have moved out of urban areas, or raised families and aged in suburban or rural communities away from public transport systems.
For older adults now and in the future, driving represents the ability to maintain connections, contribute to the community, and participate in meaningful activities.