We see how motor vehicle accidents range through every age, and just like nostalgic housing markets or avocado toast, there are cultural comparisons to draw through in regard to these incidents. Every generation has their accidents, but who has more and who has it worse?
Important questions to ask yourself would be which generation are you in and what can you expect?
Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials are all adults ranging from 26-76 these days, and knowing their accident rates means getting a handle on information that involves most drivers today. As the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports in a 2017 article, more driver accidents do not necessarily mean more driver deaths.
Those born between 1981 and 1996 constitute the 26-40 years old population. Per 100 million miles driven, that age range sees over 850 crashes and nearly 250 injuries.
As we pointed out last year, driving distracted may prove a likely culprit in these accidents as Millennials are most likely to use their phones with 86% stating they use their devices behind the wheel.
Generation Xers fall within the birth years of 1965-1980, constituting the middle-aged adults from 41-55 years old. Crashes range around 600 cases in a year (disclaimer: the AAA data bracket blends 50-55 and 56-60 as a single range). Injuries hover over 170 per 100 million miles driven.
72% of Generation X admits to phone use while driving.
Born between 1944 and 1964, baby boomers range from 56-76 years old. They see a somewhat similar amount over the total age range, though those adults aged 60-69 see the lease crashes per 100 million miles in all the data.
49% of Baby Boomers admit to using their phones or other devices behind the wheel.