With the continued aging of the baby boomer generation, more system users will be older drivers and pedestrians. This is a concern given that physical frailty may put older road users at an increased risk of sustaining a fatal or serious injury.
The Older Road Users emphasis area focuses on drivers and pedestrians who are ages 65 years and older. There were 2,983 fatal crashes (14 percent of all fatal crashes) and 10,882 serious injury crashes (12 percent of all serious injury crashes) involving older drivers from 2010–2016.
of all driver fatalities were older drivers. 14% of all pedestrian fatalities were older pedestrians.
Older Road User Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2014-2019)
Older road user fatalities compared to total statewide fatalities from 2014 to 2019. SHSP was implemented between 2016 and 2017.
Older road user suspected serious injuries compared to total statewide suspected serious injuries from 2014 to 2019. SHSP was implemented between 2016 and 2017.
Older Road User Fatal and Serious Injury Crashes Summary
Crashes involving older pedestrians are increasing faster
than those involving older motorists.
Drivers over represented in crashes
Females ≥80 years / Males ≥75 years
Pedestrians over represented in crashes
Males ≥65 years
Fatal and Serious Injury Crashes Involving Older Road Users
of fatal and severe older driver crashes occurred in rural areas
of older pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries occurred in urban areas
Proportion of Drivers Involved in Fatal and Serious Crashes Relative to the Proportion of Vehicle Miles Traveled by Age and Gender
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Implement effective methods and tools to prepare older road users to deal with the limitations brought on by the aging process.