Crash factors series: Driving age

Does your age put you at greater risk for a car crash?

New drivers – those between the ages of 16 and 19 – are three times more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash than those over age 20, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition, auto crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S.*

The second age category most likely to be involved in a crash are drivers age 75 and over. In 2014, more than 5,700 older adults were killed and more than 236,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries.*

Regardless of age, factors like seatbelt use and impaired driving have a significant impact on your likelihood of dying in a car crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision and someone else is at fault, it’s important to understand your options.

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