When it comes to the risk of a car accident, nobody is immune. Car crashes take place virtually every minute, on roads all across the United States. While anyone can be involved in a car accident, crash data demonstrates that some drivers are more prone to car accident involvement.
Here, the car accident lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau present recently released accident data that breaks down drivers in crashes by age group in Florida. This information gives drivers in Daytona Beach, FL, Palm Coast, FL, and the surrounding areas greater insight into which groups are most prone to an accident.
Which Age Groups are Most Often Involved in Car Crashes?
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has released its Traffic Crash Facts for 2018. This annual report breaks down accident data by a number of different categories, one of which is the age of drivers involved in crashes.
There is not a huge discrepancy in the number of car accidents experienced by one particular age group, but data does show that some age groups have slightly higher accident numbers than others. Following are statistics for the age groups with the highest accident numbers:
- Drivers aged 21 to 24: 64,848 crashes (190 of which resulted in fatal injuries)
- Drivers aged 25 to 29: 79,457 crashes (206 of which resulted in fatal injuries)
- Drivers aged 30 to 34: 67,525 crashes (183 of which resulted in fatal injuries)
- Drivers aged 35 to 39: 59,555 crashes (125 of which resulted in fatal injuries)
People sometimes think that accidents occur more often among inexperienced teenage drivers and senior drivers with diminishing response times. This data shows that more accidents in Florida actually involve experienced, young adult drivers. In part, this may be because there are more drivers on the road who fall within these age groups. However, driving practices are another factor, and data shows that these age groups also have higher numbers of crashes related to alcohol and/or drug involvement.
Alcohol Involvement and Crashes by Age Group
Nearly every age group represented in the Annual Crash Report had some accidents related to alcohol involvement. However, alcohol-related car accidents were highest in the age groups that also reported the highest number of total car crashes.
- Drivers aged 21 to 24: 685 crashes with alcohol confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 25 to 29: 821 crashes with alcohol confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 30 to 34: 590 crashes with alcohol confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 35 to 39: 523 crashes with alcohol confirmed drivers
Drug Involvement and Crashes by Age Group
Drug involvement was a factor in far fewer crashes than alcohol. But again, drug use was most prevalent among those age groups with the overall highest crash numbers.
- Drivers aged 21 to 24: 61 crashes with drug confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 25 to 29: 91 crashes with drug confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 30 to 34: 76 crashes with drug confirmed drivers
- Drivers aged 35 to 39: 73 crashes with drug confirmed drivers
Contact the Car Accident Lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by reckless or negligent driving, you are likely due financial compensation for accident damages. To discuss the details of your crash with the car accident lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call our Daytona Beach law office at (386) 258-7313.