Changes in vision, hearing, flexibility, and cognitive abilities can make driving a difficult—and often dangerous—task for seniors. Despite these obstacles, a recent study by the Rand Corporation has shown that seniors, age 65 and older, are just 16 percent more likely to cause accidents than drivers ages 25 to 64. Unfortunately, because of their weakened physical stature and potential underlying conditions, they are also 573 percent more likely to be fatally injured when involved in a crash than a younger person.
Senior Drivers Can Protect Themselves With Self-Regulation
Although these statistics show that older drivers are at risk for become involved—and seriously injured—in car accidents, they are also likely to know and respond to their limitations, which lowers their risk. For example, seniors tend to only get behind the wheel when conditions are safest. They typically avoid driving during times when there is heavy traffic, such as rush hour. Older drivers also often realize when they are a danger to themselves and others when on the road. By removing themselves from the driving pool, these seniors leave more capable drivers on the road who are less likely to cause accidents.
Other Ways Seniors Can Stay Safe
In addition to understanding the safest times to drive and when they are no longer able to safely operate vehicles, older drivers can also increase their chances of staying safe by doing the following:
- Having their vision and hearing checked every year, and using any corrective lenses or hearing aids doctors prescribe.
- Choosing vehicles that are easy to drive, including those that feature power steering and brakes, and have automatic transmissions.
- Driving defensively and avoiding any distractions that may cause problems while driving, including listening to the radio, talking on cell phones, and interacting with passengers.
- Listening to the concerns of those close to them about their driving.
All Car Accident Victims Have Rights
If you are injured in a car accident caused by someone else, you have rights, and the attorneys of Wayne Wright would like to help you fight for them. Call us today at 800-237-3334 to schedule a consultation with a legal professional and find out if you are entitled to receive financial compensation.