Older Driver Deaths in Pennsylvania Increasing

Posted on: December 29th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A December 17, 2010 article in The Times Herald focused on a topic rarely publicized: the increasing mortality rate of Pennsylvania’s seniors who drive. According to the article, in 2009 there were nearly 17,000 PA car accidents involving drivers 65 and up. These car crashes resulted in 276 deaths – 22% of Pennsylvania’s accident fatalities. However, PA’s senior citizens only make up 16% of our registered drivers.

There are many factors which can cause an older driver to be more prone to be in accidents: decreased visual acuity, slower response time, inability to quickly process multiple driving factors and nighttime driving. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has various driver education programs available to assist older drivers to become better drivers.

As a PA car wreck attorney , I have represented many auto accident victims who have been injured due to the negligence of an older driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in a PA car crash, please call me at 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation. You can also reach me via my website of www.NewellLaw.com.