NORTH CAROLINA -- In a recent study by TRIP, North Carolina was ranked fifth in the nation for traffic fatalities involving senior citizens. 

According to the study, from 2012 to 2016 there were 285 crashes in the state resulting in the death of at least one person age 65 or older in each instance.

The rate of traffic fatalities in the U.S. increased between 2012 and 2016 by 11 percent,  from 33,782 to 37,461 fatalities.

Florida was ranked the highest with more than twice as many senior fatalities than North Carolina at 682 deaths.