USA- Sciencedirect.com writes that intersection crash risks rise when drivers reach a certain age. Of course, teen drivers also pose additional risks as compared to more experienced motorists. The study analyzed data from more than 120,000 severe crashes that occurred in the United States over a four-year period. Of those crashes, 28 percent took place at intersections.
Teen drivers and drivers above the age of 54 were involved in disproportionately high numbers of crashes at intersections. For drivers ages 85 and up, the risks are far higher than those faced by motorists between twenty and 24 years of age. In fact, drivers 85 and up had double the chance of being in a deadly intersection collision as compared to people in their early twenties.
The report explains that as people age, they begin to experience declines in their perception, motor skills, cognitive abilities, and sensory processing. All of those factors can impact a motorist’s ability to navigate intersection traffic.
Older drivers are also more likely to experience severe injuries in a collision, which is part of the reason that these motorists are overrepresented in deadly crashes. However, the authors of the study pointed out that there is also a rise in the crash prevalence for older motorists suggesting that driver fragility is not the only reason for the increase in deadly crash involvement.
The authors point out that the ability to drive plays a role in the quality of life for many individuals. However, the risks indicate a need to improve safety for older adults when it comes to driving. Improving technology and autonomous vehicle features could help in this regard. Additional training and license renewal standards might lead to lower numbers of fatal crashes.
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