Seniors are more likely to fall due to their medical conditions and side effects or reactions to medications than the general population. Unfortunately, this can also make them unsafe drivers. According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, seniors who have a history of falling have a 40 percent greater risk of causing a crash.
The AAA study found that falling can reduce an older person’s driving abilities in a number of ways. These include the following:
The researchers recommended that seniors and their families consider falls as a likely predictor of future limitations in abilities and take proactive measures to help the elderly driver maintain his overall mobility and ability to drive. These include the following:
If you or a family member were injured in a crash caused by an older driver, his history of falls or reduced physical or mental abilities could have contributed to why he caused your accident. An experienced car accident attorney may be able to use this information to help establish the senior’s negligence. Call our legal team at 888-733-2992 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we may be able to help.