Older Drivers

Driver involvement rate among older drivers, aged 65 and older, in fatal traffic crashes varies substantially among states. The five states (including D.C.) with the lowest older driver involvement rate in fatal traffic crashes are:

  • District of Columbia (3 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Massachusetts (6 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • New York (9 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Rhode Island (9 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Hawaii (10 per 100,000 licensed drivers)

The five states with the highest older driver involvement rate in fatal traffic crashes are:

  • Georgia (25 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • New Mexico (27 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Kentucky (29 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Idaho (30 per 100,000 licensed drivers)
  • Mississippi (31 per 100,000 licensed drivers)

Use the interactive map to explore older adult involvement trends in fatal traffic crashes by state. Hover over a state to view the older driver involvement rate, number of older drivers involved, and the percent of total drivers involved in fatal crashes. Click on a state to compare the number of drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes by age group against national totals.

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Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2019, March). 2017 older population fact sheet. (Traffic Safety Facts. Report No. DOT HS 812 684). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.