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Elderly Driving Accidents Common Across the U.S.

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On April 4, an elderly man and his passenger were both fatally injured in a car crash on Tennessee’s State Highway 128. The car accident served as a reminder of the risks that elderly drivers can face and present when they get behind the wheel of a car. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 290,000 elderly Americans were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, while 7,400 proved fatal. 

Elderly Driver Accidents

An average of 20 elderly Americans are killed each day in car crashes. In many cases, car accidents caused by elderly drivers can be prevented with intervention from close family members.

Be Aware of Potential Danger

For many people, driving represents a level of independence. The loss of your driving privileges can make a senior citizen feel as though they are losing their autonomy. Yet if you have an elderly family member who is still driving, it is important to evaluate whether or they are a risk to themselves and others. If you believe your loved one is not capable of safely operating a vehicle, you have options for how to address this.

Speak with Their Doctors 

When you fear your elderly family member is no longer a safe driver, you should speak with their physician. As people age, it is natural for them to face steady declines in cognition, vision, and muscle control. These declinations can impact a person’s decision making, ability to react to roadway obstacles, and see pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motor vehicles. A medical professional can evaluate whether they are a safety hazard, and tell them personally.

Know When It is Time to Take the Keys 

At a certain point in a person’s life, it is no longer safe to drive a vehicle. According to the CDC, the risks of involvement in fatal motor vehicle collisions begin to rise significantly when a person reaches the age of 70. While telling a loved one they should no longer drive can be an incredibly difficult conversation to have, that conversation could ultimately save a life, including theirs. 

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Lawyer 

If you or your loved one was injured in a car accident due to the negligence or declined physical abilities of an elderly driver, the Law Office of William F. Evans knows how important injury compensation can be to a family’s financial security. To schedule a free initial consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, contact us today at 423-449-7980.


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