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What types of accidents are most common for mature drivers?

While a car accident can happen to anyone at any time, certain populations are more at risk for causing accidents. In particular, younger drivers are often responsible for serious accidents. In many cases, these young drivers can be distracted and lack the experience to deal with challenging road conditions. However, mature drivers are also responsible for a large number of accidents. In fact, drivers 80-years-old and older are the second largest group of accident causing drivers, after drivers ages 16-years-old to 19-years-old. With a rapidly aging population, some people may wonder who exactly qualifies as a mature driver.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, drivers 55-years-old and older are considered mature drivers. This portion of the population is rapidly growing in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has the fourth largest senior population in the country. This population is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020. Currently, 1.5 million licensed drivers in Pennsylvania are 65-years-old and older. However, by 2020 estimates are saying there will be around 40 million drivers who are at least 65-years-old.

This is important because mature drivers cause certain types of accidents at higher rates. These accidents are also more likely to be fatal for mature drivers. These accidents include those caused by abrupt lane changes, those caused by pulling out into traffic and by a failure to yield to another's right of way. Furthermore, accidents involving multi-lane left hand turns are also more likely to be caused by mature drivers.

Since around 95 percent of mature drivers will not use public transportation, they will likely be on the roadways in cars for many years to come. This can increase the potential for accidents caused by mature drivers. While this post cannot provide specific legal advice, those injured by mature drivers may want advice on how to proceed. An attorney can help to determine if negligence on behalf of a mature driver caused the accident.

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