Northfield, Illinois – October 23, 2018 – The Chicago Sun-Times reports that an eighty-five-year-old woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident in Northfield. Her death was caused by multiple injuries that she received in the crash, and her death has been ruled an accident.
This accident calls attention to an automobile accident risk factor that many people are not aware of. Many Americans do not know that the risk of automobile accident injury or death increases with age. Approximately forty million American drivers are over the age of sixty-five. In 2015, nearly seven thousand older adults died in motor vehicle wrecks, and an additional two hundred and fifty thousand were injured.
Understanding automobile accident risk factors for older adults can help drivers stay safe on the roads as they age. Research indicates that the risk of being killed in a car crash does not begin to rise until approximately age seventy. The population with the highest risk for automobile accident death is adults that are eighty-five years old or older. It is vital that older adults understand that their fatality risk appears to be connected less to how likely it is that they as a driver will get into a wreck and more connected to their body’s ability to heal and recover from injuries, especially major injuries like the types of injuries that often happen in car crashes.
Fortunately, there are things that older adults can do to decrease their car crash fatality risk. Regular doctor visits can help older adults understand and address any health conditions or medication side effects that may be affecting their safety while driving. Your doctor can also offer suggestions for keeping your body strong and healthy so that you are better able to recover from injuries.
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