Elderly Behind Driving Wheels
In a family, there is always a errand runner and everyone were taught to drive for some reasons, most teenagers were taught to fetch or get their other family member who doesn't know how to drive if necessary. Some families who have a active elderly (ages at 65 and above) that can efficiently drive and has the highest defensive driving techniques out there.
Though, their vision, hearing, reaction time, coordination and motor skills deteriorate due to age, and thus the increase of chances of an accident to occur. There are many reported cases of car accidents in which involves senior citizens as a driver and even as a passenger. Here's the retrospect of involvement of elderly to car accidents sustaining injuries and even fatalities:
Despite these horrifiying numbers, car crashes are still preventable especially for older drivers. With the technology we have right now is pretty powerful, it has been also stipulated in car as well where there is only for the older drivers need to do - adapt advanced vehicles. As some recent cars has convenient and safety driving features that can easily be utilized by older drivers when instructed well, age-related issues are also aided and covered by these cars such as swiveling seats for better mobility for older drivers, contactless radio and navigation is also possible because of bluetooth for physically handicapped drivers and to avoid to much distractions while driving, and lastly, cars with zoom in side mirrors are also available for installation in aftermarkets. All of these are provided sometimes by your insurer or by nonprofit organizations as they pay for installation costs, just for their client driver's safety and freedom especially elder ones and to aid their problems facing all alone as the cause of these tendencies such as:
As a family of an elderly driver, it is your duty to do things that he/she isn't unable to do that is necessary before, during and after driving a car. Such as checking and maintenance of car's road-worthiness that the elder driver uses when he'she is driving to avoid mechanical errors and related problems when traveling as well as checking the senior family member who drives health and well-being to assess one's standing and ability to drive to give him/her permission to do so for own safety as these factors may affect the senior driver drastically as he'she has chances to cause the accident, injuries to other persons as well as himself, and as a consequence, he/she might be filed against an injury claim by his/her victim.
If ever you were involved in an accident as a fallen victim due to an elder driver who have been negligent or has fell victim to his own condition or tendencies, you can always file an injury claim.
Ryan LLP is an Ohio based injury lawyer that represents victims of personal injury caused by car accidents, medical malpractice due to medical professional's negligence, and even wrongful death against large companies, agencies and even individuals. We have 40 years of experience doing our service in this field and evidently successful with our civil litigations. Call our office now for free legal consultation.