New Press Release From The NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a press release announcing the new five-year traffic safety plan and guidelines for older drivers and passengers. This plan is designed to increase the safety of older drivers and passengers on American roadways. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx emphasized the importance of recognizing and addressing the mobility needs of older drivers. It isn’t enough to just take somebody’s keys away, especially because driving is an important part of an elderly person’s independence.
Vehicle Safety and the Mobility Needs of Older Drivers
Vehicle safety is a top priority for protecting older drivers and passengers. Since older drivers are at an increased risk for sustaining injuries, safer vehicles will help to reduce their chances of being injured. Crash avoidance technology is currently being researched by the NHTSA that will potentially help to reduce the number of roadway crashes that occur each year. Additionally, concerned family members should address the mobility needs of their senior drivers. Mobility means independence for senior citizens, so giving up driving is often very difficult and emotional. Offering safe transportation alternatives can help the transition go smoothly.
Older Driver Traffic Facts
• In 2012, 5,560 people over the age of 65 died in traffic crashes.
• 214,000 people in that age group were injured in crashes in 2012.
• Since 2003, the population of ‘older adults’ (age 65 years and older) has increased by 20 percent.
CHP’s Elderly Driver Safety Campaign
In December, we reported on a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on the topic of elderly driver safety. The CHP, in combination with the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA), are hoping to increase awareness about potentially diminished driving abilities among senior citizens in California.
After a Wreck
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving an elderly driver, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A variety of factors will need to be investigated and considered in a crash involving a senior driver. It will be necessary to determine if a driver was on medications that could have impacted driving abilities. In many cases involving older drivers, investigators will need to find out if diminished eyesight or deteriorating cognitive function could have been factors in a crash. An attorney can stay abreast of official investigations and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free case consultation today.