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Most Dangerous Drivers in America

According to a 2015 article in MarketWatch, 40 percent of Americans would rather talk to their elderly parents about selling their home or making funeral arrangements than asking them to cut back on their driving. However, only 16 percent of Americans feel that the elderly should decide for themselves when it's time to hand over the car keys for good, according to a survey conducted by Caring.com.

Whether or not elderly people should drive is a tough subject for many families to discuss. "Senior driving is one of the most challenging topics for caregivers," said Andy Cohen, the chief executive at Caring.com. Cohen explained that driving is all about independence and that it's one of the "most emotional things for anyone to give up."

In actuality, seniors are NOT the most dangerous drivers on the road as many people mistakenly believe. According to Jake Nelson, the director of traffic safety research and advocacy at AAA, it's easy to look at the data and jump to conclusions about older drivers causing crashes. Nelson said the elderly are not a hazard to anyone but themselves.

According to Nelson, the elderly are overrepresented in fatal crashes because of their fragility. He pointed out how the elderly are more fragile and less able to walk away from crashes and recover from their injuries.

Who are the most dangerous drivers in the U.S.?

If seniors are not the most dangerous drivers in the United States, then who are? Instead of looking at your elderly parents or your elderly neighbor, look to teenagers and young adults – America's least experienced drivers.

Compared to the elderly population, more young drivers are killed each year in crashes in the U.S., and 21 to 34 year-olds are killed in alcohol-related accidents more than any other age group, MarketWatch reported.

According to 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • 16-20 year-olds represent 18% of the drivers killed in DUI crashes
  • 21-34 year-olds represent 30% of drivers killed in DUI crashes
  • 35-54 year-olds represent 23% of drivers killed in DUI crashes
  • 55-64 year-olds represent 14% of drivers killed in DUI crashes
  • Drivers 65 and older represent 7% of drivers killed in DUI crashes

If you were injured by a young or negligent driver in a crash, contact a car accident attorney to file a claim for valuable compensation!

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