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Younger and older drivers often involved in auto accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2020 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Auto accidents come in a wide variety of scenarios in Kentucky, but a recent study regarding accident personal injury by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that teens are the most common drivers in all accidents and drivers over age 64 are involved most in collision cases involving fatal injury. This is typically assigned to the concept that younger drivers are less experienced and senior drivers are not as responsive as when they were younger, but that may not necessarily be the situation.

Older vehicles not as safe

While the experience and response ability may be a factor, other issues could be more central to the study results. One particular problem is that both groups also typically drive vehicles that are not as safe as those accidents involving drivers in other age categories. Many older drivers have vehicles they have owned for a significant time and like the experience of how they handle. However, safety issues can develop as vehicles age. Also, many older drivers who lack financial resources based on fixed incomes will often want to avoid taking on a car payment for a newer model.

By contrast, younger drivers, often, begin driving in what many call “starter” vehicles, referring to the first car they have owned. Many times, these are older vehicles that have safety issues based on mechanical stability.

Finding help when injured in an accident

Vehicle safety is, indeed, a factor for all vehicles on the highway, and experienced personal injury attorneys understand this dilemma very well. Even in a no-fault auto insurance state like Kentucky, cases can proceed against vehicle parts manufacturers when unexplained accidents can be attributed to mechanical auto parts failure for possibly acquiring injury damages.