Question: a person in which age group is most likely to die in an auto accident?
You probably know this one. Teens and young adults – more specifically, motorists between the ages of 16 and 29 – have the highest per capita mortality rates in auto accidents in the U.S.
So what age group has the second-highest mortality rate?
The answer may surprise you. It’s those motorists who are 80 years old and older.
While the small population of octogenarians contributes to the high per capita death rates, a more relevant reason is the fact that elderly individuals are less likely to survive crashes that would simply injure people who are younger and in better physical health.
This axiom was demonstrated in a tragic auto accident in Springfield last week. On Thursday afternoon, a 66-year old man was driving a vehicle in which a 94-year old and an 85-year old were riding. The car was traveling north on Interstate 55 near Stevenson Road, which is near the area known as Glen Aire in southwest Springfield. But the car left the roadway and struck several trees, and then caught fire after it came to a stop. All three occupants of the car had to be extricated by first responders.
The driver was hospitalized in stable condition, while the 85-year old passenger suffered serious injuries. Sadly, the 94-year old passenger did not survive the impact.
Based on the available information, it appears likely that the driver will be held solely responsible for the auto accident and its consequences. If the occupants of the car were not related to each other, then the driver could be named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the heirs of the 94-year old victim. In addition, the 85-year old could also file a personal injury lawsuit against the 66-year old man.