More needs to be done to reduce accidents and deaths
They stand at opposite ends of the demographic spectrum. And both groups include many good drivers. But statistics show that overall, teenagers and older drivers are involved in far more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group.
Mile for mile, the crash rate for drivers ages 16 and 17, for example, is almost nine times as high as that for middle-aged drivers. People 80 and older are involved in 5.5 times as many fatal crashes per mile driven as middle-aged drivers.
Total deaths for teens and seniors have declined in recent years, as have all passenger-vehicle fatalities. But their risk level remains high and the challenge could become greater in coming years.