Studies prove that age plays a definitive factor in fatality accidents. As we age, injuries sustained in car accidents are more likely to result in death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published a report representing 50 years of information concerning car accidents nationwide. The report studied different age groups and their likelihood of survival following an automobile accident, and was also based upon the victims being male or female.
The NHTSA studied revealed the following:
- Females between 21 and 30 are 29.2 percent more likely to suffer fatal injuries than males in the same age range and the same type of accident.
- Females in the 65 to 74 age range are 1.4 percent less likely to suffer fatal injuries than males in the same age range and the same type of accident.
- The likelihood that a female driver or passenger will suffer fatal injuries in any accident is 17 percent greater than that of a male in a car accident.
- A 75-year-old driver or passenger is four to five times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than a female or male driver or passenger 21 years old involved in the same type of accident.
- Fatality accidents for all age ranges did show a 42 percent decrease from 1995 to 2002.