Despite all the press attention (hello Globe!) elderly drivers don’t crash a lot compared with other age groups
Elderly people in crashes are more likely to die –because they are old and frail, not because their crashes are more severe
The percentage of crashes involving elderly drivers is actually decreasing over time
On average only 38 elderly drivers (which the Globe seems to be defining as age 75+) die per year in Massachusetts. That’s out of a total of 451 fatal crashes.
One reason the issue is so big in people’s minds is that the Globe and other media like to get people riled up. Even this article starts off with three gruesome examples of bad-old drivers. Here’s a stastic that would be telling: what percent of fatal crashes does the Globe write about it overall, and what percentage of fatal crashes featuring elderly drivers are covered?
I’d be willing to bet that reports of elderly drivers crashing are far over-weighted compared with the overall number.