The WSJ does it again. Here’s a link to an article about lower death rates among “older” Americans who experience car accidents.
Older Americans’ Car-Crash Fatality Rate Has Declined, Study Says
You may have trouble with this link if you’re not a subscriber but you can google to find the article. Essentially the article points out that fatalities have declined among drivers who are eighty or older. They point out that states now add conditions to drivers licenses for people over 65 and that more people over 75 have licenses than ever before.
I haven’t driven a car in over eight years and frankly I don’t miss it. Oh yes — I’ve been to some beautiful places that were only accessible by car. But I’ve also had scary drives in rain, snow and ice… not to mention mountain drives with sharp curves and narrow roads.
I’d argue that this article presents an incomplete picture because it focuses solely on fatality rates as negative outcomes. When an “older” person gets injured, his or her life often will be changed forever.
For many people, getting locked up in assisted living or nursing homes will be worse than dying. Being dependent on others, giving up activities that make life meaningful, sharing living quarters and lives with indifferent strangers … that’s not what I would call a successful outcome.
The bigger issue is that we can’t keep adding cars forever. We need better public transportation options throughout the country.