The Federal Statistical Office reported on Monday 4 December 2023 that when older people are involved in road accidents in Germany, they are more often the main culprits than younger drivers. The office’s calculations show that last year, people aged over 65 were two-thirds (69%) of those responsible for their serious accidents.
In the case of drivers over 75 years old, the percentage reached 77%. This is more than the group of young drivers aged 18 to 20 who are considered the most dangerous. When they were involved in serious accidents, they were the culprits in 71 percent of the cases. cases.
Causes of various accidents
Statistics show that the most common causes of accidents vary according to age groups. Older people behind the wheel are more likely than younger drivers to be responsible for giving way, as well as for errors when turning, turning or reversing.
Older drivers are less likely to adjust their speed to conditions, not maintain a proper distance or drive under the influence of alcohol.
Taking into account the number of elderly people in German society, it can be concluded that they are involved in road accidents much less often than young people. But statisticians confirm that this is because the elderly are much less likely than young people to participate in road traffic, because most of them do not go to work.
EU member states want drivers who renew their driving licenses to certify in the future that they are fit to drive. This was agreed on Monday in Brussels by the communications ministers of the member states. German Minister Volker Vissing was against this solution, but ministers from other countries outvoted him.
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