And the consequences in accidents are usually more serious for them than for everyone else.
In general, people 65+ (drivers and pedestrians) are less likely to get into traffic accidents – analysts at the German Federal Statistical Office came to this conclusion, having studied a large array of statistics.
On the other hand, they have a significantly higher risk of injury and are more likely to cause accidents than people of other age groups.
The lower number of accidents is likely due, among other things, to the fact that older people do not commute regularly to work.
On average, older people suffer more serious accidents than younger people. 24.8% of older people involved in an accident were seriously injured, the corresponding proportion among those under 65 is 15.7%. In addition, people aged 65 and over are less likely to survive a traffic accident. If the proportion of those killed in accidents among people under 65 years of age is 0.6%, then it is three times higher among the elderly and is 1.9%.
If older people had an accident while driving a car, then 68.2% of them were to blame.
The causes of such accidents differ from those in younger age groups. Older drivers, for example, are more likely to be accused of ignoring the priority of other vehicles (21.5% vs. 16.7%). Erroneous behavior when turning, reversing, entering and starting off is more common among such drivers than among younger people (22.2% vs. 18.4%). On the other hand, older people were much less likely to be accused of not keeping their distance (10.9% to 15.9%) or speeding (5.3% to 13.1%).
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