It was written to confuse, but the stats above say elderly people are NOT in accidents 'disproportionate' to their numbers in the population. To wit, 'in 1996 they were 19 percent of licensed drivers' but accounted for '5% of all people injured in crashes, 13% of all traffic fatalities, 13% of all occupant fatalities, and 18% of all pedestrian fatalities--i.e., they do better in every category proportional to their numbers among licensed drivers. Teens and young adults should be so lucky. Their stats in these categories is appalling. The spin put on these stats in the article above is just that--spin. Figures lie and liars figure.