It is a fact of life that elderly drivers and senior citizens are more prone to accidents in Rhode Island. Car accidents are a fact of life, occurring every day without warning. While anyone can be involved in a car accident, the odds increase as we age.
The Center For Disease Control or CDC, in 2014 determined that 5,700 older adults were killed and over 200,000 were treated in emergency rooms across the United States after car accidents. Because these numbers are high, many states have began tracking accident statistics in various age groups. Below is an overview of Rhode Island’s aging road and accident statistics.
Accidents In The U.S. Involving Aging / Elderly Drivers
In the United States, millions of aging drivers and senior citizens navigate the highways in an effort to arrive at their destination. Unfortunately, accidents in this age group are high. Fatal automobile crashes statistics in the United States are as follows:
- 2,614 In 2010
- 2,457 In 2011
- 2,470 In 2012
- 2,500 In 2013
Fatal Accidents In The U.S.- Elderly Drivers
Fatal auto accidents in the U.S. among drivers ages 75 (the elderly) and older are:
- 2,129 In 2010
- 2,012 In 2011
- 1,988 In 2012
- 2,005 In 2013
“There are 31 Rhode Island residents 100 to 104 years old who still have driver’s licenses. Twenty percent of the state’s 763,844 drivers are 65 and older — six of them for every driver under the age of 19. Sally Strachan, DMV’s administrator from 2008 to 2011 and a previous consultant in the state’s elderly affairs and health services divisions, says the population is aging and there are many issues that “come along with that.” https://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160507/NEWS/160509516
Accidents In Rhode Island Involving Senior Citizens
Below are the accident statistics for the state of Rhode Island, taken among Elderly drivers ages 75 and older who were killed in fatal crashes:
- 4 In 2010
- 5 In 2011
- 5 In 2012
- 11 In 2013
AAA study about the affects of driving cessation
“A 2015 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driving cessation in older adults “appears to contribute to a variety of health problems, particularly depression.”
Key findings include that the end of driving correlated with an almost doubled risk of increased depressive symptoms in older adults and reduction by 51 percent the size of their social networks. Former drivers were nearly five times as likely as current drivers to be admitted to long-term care facilities.” Projo
The risk of fatal accidents begin to rise among drivers who are between the ages of 70 and 74, states the Center For Disease Control or CDC. The highest number of fatal car crashes are in people over 85 years of age. It is believed to be due to the increased risk of medical complications in those over 85 years old, which often occur while driving. No matter which age group was studied, men are more likely to die as a result of a car accident than females, and the aging driver group is no exception.
When aging drivers drive
Aging drivers have the lowest risk of any age group for driving while intoxicated. In addition, these drivers also tend to drive when conditions are safest for them and often avoid driving late at night, during foul weather or at high rates of speed.
Prevention is the key to reducing the number of fatal and serious car accidents among the elderly. Older drivers in the United States. Aging drivers and senior citizens now have more options available to them such as Lyft or Uber, if they feel they should not drive.
Does RI suspend elderly drivers license?
“The DMV rarely suspends driver’s licenses for age-related reasons, the agency’s records show. The division, says administrator Walter R. Craddock, is “fully aware of the important role a driver’s license plays in the lives of many Rhode Islanders. A license helps people hold jobs, attend religious services, volunteer, stay connected to family and friends — in short, provides the independence that helps people thrive in their daily lives.
“With guidance from the Medical Advisory Board, the DMV in rare instances takes the action necessary to protect the public — and license holders themselves — from potential harm.”
Its Medical Advisory Board members are appointed by the governor, and Strachan serves as the “public member representing the elderly.”
All of the cases so far in 2016 — 12 through mid-April — involve a license holder charged multiple times with driving under the influence, or people with various medical conditions unrelated to age.” Projo article
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