Most senior citizens value their independence and want to keep driving as long as possible. But aging can change a person’s reflects and motor skills, making driving more dangerous for both a seniors and other drivers on the road. Senior drivers are more likely to receive traffic tickets, be involved in accidents, and if over 70 be at an increased risk of a fatal crash.
Common Problems With Elderly Drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 43 million drivers in the U.S. are aged 65 or older. Because of this, there is an increased risk of crashes. The following are common reasons elderly drivers pose a unique threat to road safety:
- Decreased Vision Quality. As people age, their eyesight worsens, which can cause serious accidents. Additionally, elderly people often suffer from other sight-related problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
- Joint Problems. Operating a vehicle safely requires a certain amount of joint and muscle strength. Often, senior citizens suffer from illnesses such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and other skeleton-muscular pains. This can increase the risk for crashes due to an inability to respond quickly with the appropriate reflexes needed to operate a vehicle safely.
- Neurological and Memory Issues. Seniors are more likely to suffer sicknesses that tamper with their memory and awareness, and this can create a significant threat when they get behind the wheel. People suffering from Alzheimer’s or who have a serious risk of stroke might cause an accident because of disorientation or a medical emergency.
When an Elderly Driver Injures You
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of an elderly driver, it’s important you begin planning out your next steps right now. You may have medical bills, property damage, and lost wages to worry about, and you need an experienced advocate on your side. Our legal team has the skill and strategy necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Start a chat on our website to get started on your case right now.