Teen drivers and drivers aged 65 and older are more likely than middle-aged drivers are to be in an auto accident. Colorado drivers may think that they are protected by their vehicle, but this depends on how old it is and what safety features it comes with. Without electronic stability control or side airbags, for example, it may not prevent serious injuries or death.
Teens and the elderly drive older cars
According to a recent study, it is precisely older vehicles without ESC or side airbags that teens and those 65 and older tend to drive. The results of the study were published August 2020 in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.
For their study, researchers analyzed all the crashes recorded in the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes Data Warehouse between 2010 and 2017. They, then, used every vehicle’s VIN to determine what a given vehicle’s model year, type and engine power were and whether or not it had ESC or front, side and curtain airbags. ESC is especially important because it prevents drivers from losing control on sharp curves and wet roads.
The limitation of a lower income
Across all age groups, drivers would be likelier to own an older vehicle if they come from a lower-income neighborhood. Researchers say there are still safe vehicles that can be had for less than $7,000.
If you have been injured in a crash
You may have suffered a personal injury because of a drowsy, drunk or distracted driver, and your vehicle, being old, did little to mitigate the severity. All the same, you could be compensated for your past and future medical bills, lost income and other losses. It may take a lawyer to achieve a fair settlement at the negotiation table.