Elderly drivers, or drivers aged 70 and up, share the road with drivers who may be as young as age 16 in some states. The risk of severe injury after a car accident can be substantial for any driver or passenger in a car, but this risk may be particularly important to point out for elderly drivers and passengers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020 there were almost 48 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States. Additionally, the CDC reported that drivers aged 70 and up have higher crash death rates per 1,000 crash than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54) primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash.
According to a devastating recent news report, a fatal two-vehicle accident occurred in Frederick County, Maryland. An 89-year-old driver was traveling north on Harmony Road and attempted to cross U.S. Route 40, at which a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling east on U.S. Route 40 through the intersection. Both vehicles crashed into each other at the intersection and the 89-year-old driver was declared deceased at the scene. The other driver was transported by a helicopter to a shock trauma center for his injuries. In addition, the road was closed for approximately three hours after the crash. Maryland State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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