As the study shows, older drivers are becoming safer drivers. That doesn’t mean we don’t have more work to do to make the roads even safer.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Dallas personal injury lawyer Tom Carse of Carse Law Firm today said he welcomes the news that fatal car accidents involving drivers over 70 years old have declined dramatically in recent years nationwide, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.
Carse expressed his comments in response to a news report about a study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (The Dallas Morning News, “Car crash and fatality rates falling for 70-and-older drivers,” Feb. 21, 2014)
“This report comes as welcome news for all who share the road in Dallas and throughout Texas,” Carse said. “As the study shows, older drivers are becoming safer drivers. That doesn’t mean we don’t have more work to do to make the roads even safer. Unfortunately, serious accidents continue to happen every day in Texas, from drunk driving accidents to car wrecks caused by drivers who are texting or otherwise distracted. Our law firm knows all too well how devastating car accidents can be in Dallas and other cities in Texas. We hope to see the number of accidents continue to decline in the years to come across all age groups.”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed accident rates among drivers by different age groups, according to the Morning News. The report examined fatal car rates between 1997 and 2012. During that time period, the number of fatal car accidents per licensed driver fell 42 percent for drivers over 70 years old. In contrast, the number of fatal car accidents per licensed drivers fell 30 percent among drivers 35 to 54 years old during the same time period, according to the Morning News.
Similar declines were also experienced based on the number of miles driven during the same time period, the newspaper reported. The largest declines in the number of fatal car accidents between 1997 and 2012 were experienced by drivers over 80 years old. Specifically, the fatal car accident rate for drivers over 80 years old declined by nearly double compared to drivers 70 to 74 years old and drivers 35 to 54 years old, according to the Morning News.
The report comes at a time when America’s population continues to grow older. In 2012, residents over 70 years old accounted for 9 percent of the U.S. population. By 2050, the number of people over 70 years old in the United States will represent 16 percent of the total population, according to the Morning News.
Attorney Carse said drivers young and old must continue to use caution on the roads and make responsible choices.
“There’s always room for improvement when it comes to the number of deadly auto accidents,” Carse said. “The goal should always be zero fatal car accidents. We strongly support efforts to improve driver safety in Texas. When more people drive safely, everyone on the road wins. No one ever expects to be in a serious car accident. And no one should ever have to experience such suffering.”
For more information about what to do after an auto accident in Texas and other legal services provided by the Carse Law Firm, call 972-CALL-TOM or 877-865-2580 or visit the law firm's website at http://www.carselaw.com.
About Carse Law Firm
Located in Dallas and serving injury victims throughout Texas, Tom Carse has a well-earned reputation throughout the state for being an effective, dedicated Dallas personal injury attorney. Carse Law Firm provides the personal touch of a small law firm, but has the resources to handle large trial cases. Clients receive hands-on, personal attention from an experienced and aggressive litigator. The law firm offers a free case consultation to all potential clients. Attorney Carse works on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing if you don’t win.
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