As drivers get older, their ability to think, see and make decisions in stressful traffic conditions weakens.
Elders often find themselves at high risk of a car accident in Greensboro, Winston-Salem or elsewhere in the state because they can’t react to adverse driving situations as quickly as they used to. Instead, they get stressed out, panic and often cause an accident.
Charlotte personal injury attorneys understand the trials and tribulations of getting older but know sometimes giving up the car keys is the only solution to keeping an older driver safe.
Far too many cases result in tragedy because an older driver doesn’t see an oncoming vehicle or fails to see a road sign, causing them to crash with another vehicle.
News & Record recently reported about a Sunday crash that killed one elderly driver and seriously injured another on their way home from church. A fire truck was headed to put out a grass fire when it collided with the elderly driver’s car. The 80-year-old driver died at the scene, while his wife was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. It is the first fatal accident in Kernersville involving an emergency vehicle in more than 25 years.
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 15 percent of all traffic fatalities and 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities were senior citizens 65 and older. Statistics show that most senior citizens are involved in car accidents during the day (80 percent) on weekdays (72 percent). They involve another vehicle 69 percent of the time. North Carolina reported 208 fatalities involving an elderly driver in 2008, which is about 11 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year.
Almost half of the senior citizen traffic fatalities in 2008 involved drivers over the age of 75.
US News offers the following questions to help determine when it is time to stop driving:
-Are routinely traveled routes suddenly becoming unfamiliar?
-Are more and more scratches and dents becoming noticeable on the car driven by a senior citizen?
-Is the driver being cited for traffic violations more frequently?
-Has the driver been involved in a car accident or has the frequency of near-accidents increased?
-Has a doctor prescribed medications that could affect driving ability or made recommendations that the driver limits driving to certain parts of the day?
-Does the senior driver get confused by road signs or lines on the road?
-Does the driver drive at a slow speed in the fast lane or too fast in the lane meant for slower drivers?
Knowing how to detect faulty driving behaviors is a key factor in keeping other motorists safe on our roadways.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving an elderly driver, contact the Lee Law Offices for a free no-obligation appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.
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