Older Driver Safety Concern Rises In U.S. & Europe As Population Ages

The number of adults 65 and older has increased by 29% between 2012 and 2021 in the United States, and many older adults continue to be active drivers on the nation’s roads.

For older adults, mobility is essential to staying engaged, active, and independent, experts say.

But in 2021,nearly 7,500 people in that age group were killed in traffic crashes, accounting for 17% of all traffic fatalities.

“As people age, their physical, visual, and cognitive functions can decline,” the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted, “making them more vulnerable to severe injury or even death when involved in a vehicle crash.

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