Teens and seniors: Who is responsible for more car crashes?

You have likely heard people complain about both teen drivers and senior citizens. For example, one person brings up the teens’ lack of experience and all the risks they take, while another brings up senior citizens’ decreasing physical and mental abilities and the mistakes they make.

You know that both of these arguments have some truth to them, but it makes you wonder: Which group are the more dangerous drivers? Is it the teens who just got their licenses or the senior citizens who may still be driving when it is no longer safe to do so?

According to multiple studies, the answer is simple: Teens cause more accidents and are the greater risk.

For instance, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) claimed that those between the ages of 16 and 19 crash three times as often as those who are more than 20 years old. It is clear that those first years, when young drivers are building up a base of driving experience, really pose a risk.

In another study, the United States Census Bureau (USCB) claimed that 7.5 percent of car crashes happen when someone who is over 65 years old is at fault. Comparatively, they put the blame for 12.2 percent of crashes on teen drivers. Again, this shows that it is teens who are the bigger risk to themselves and other drivers on the road around them.

That’s not to say that anyone, at any age, cannot cause an accident. There are always risks. If you get hit by a reckless or negligent driver and suffer serious injuries, you need to know what rights you have to financial compensation.

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