Senior Driving Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a ton of great resources for keeping aging drivers safe on U.S. roadways. Just because you’re getting older, that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the keys just yet. It’s a fact that as we age our bodies go through physical and cognitive changes. Additionally, age-related deteriorating vision can be a serious problem for older drivers. The NHTSA encourages senior drivers, their doctors and their families to discuss how to recognize age-related changes, and how those changes impact safety behind the wheel.
The Facts on Older Driver Safety
- In 2012, there were 5,560 people 65 and older killed in traffic crashes.
- 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. were among people 65 and older in 2012.
- 214,000 people 65 and older were injured in crashes in 2012.
- Between 2011 and 2012, fatalities among people 65 and older increased 3 percent.
- Between 2011 and 2012, there was a 16-percent increase in injuries in this age group.
Having The Talk
Having “The Talk” with a loved one or family member about their age and driving abilities can be a difficult subject. For most people, driving represents independence. The possibility of losing one’s transportation and having to be dependent on others to get around can be frightening, but if you’re really concerned that your loved one’s age-related declining physical, cognitive or vision health is impacting his or her ability to drive safely, it’s time to have the talk. If you don’t know where to start or you think you’re going to meet with some friction, the NHTSA has a great booklet for understanding and talking to older drivers.
After an Accident Involving an Elderly Driver
Any type of car accident can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and feeling like they’re out of options. If you’re recovering from a car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. Medical bills can pile up while you’re out of work, and insurance companies can be less than helpful.