Serious Auto Accidents Involving Elderly Drivers in Georgia


November 09, 2010

Growing older is never easy, especially when a person starts to lose their ability to live independently. Many elderly people fiercely protect their driving privileges because it represents a major part of their independence. Although being a senior citizen does not mean that a person cannot be a careful and skilled driver, there becomes a point at which everyone who lives long enough becomes too old to safely operate a motor vehicle.

As the baby boomers approach the age of 70, health and safety analysts recognize an increasing problem with aging drivers clinging to the independence that cars give them but losing their ability to drive safely. The fatality rate for drivers over age 85 based on miles driven is nearly four times that of teen drivers. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been committed to making Georgia roads safer and has been representing auto accident victims and their families for over 25 years.

The problem is only going to get worse because it is predicted that by the year 2030 elderly drivers will account for 25% of all car accidents. Some states have taken steps such as requiring more frequent behind-the-wheel driving tests and vision tests for those over the age of 79. While legislation can help by distinguishing elderly drivers who are good drivers from those who pose too great a risk to operate a motor vehicle, legislation alone is not sufficient. Many of us will find ourselves as caregivers to parents and other loved ones. We can significantly reduce the frequency of age related traffic accidents by monitoring an elderly loved one's ability to drive and offering alternatives. It can be very difficult to take the keys from someone we love, but if it will save their life or the lives of others, it is hard not to do so. A middle ground might include arranging to have someone else ride with an elderly driver or arranging to have a loved one driven when they need to go somewhere.

The role of caregivers in helping to prevent car crashes involving elderly drivers is critical because driver's licensing programs have no procedures for evaluating cognitive skills or declining memory and physical skills which may affect a person's driving skills. On average, drivers over the age of 85 are involved in three fatal car accidents per day. As one advances in age, it affects flexibility, visual acuity, memory and the ability to focus. A relative or other caregiver is in the best position to determine whether it is still safe to drive. While it may be difficult for you to intervene and take the keys from someone you love, it may save their life.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those involved in fatal auto collisions throughout Georgia for over 25 years. If you or someone you love is injured in a serious car wreck, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help. Our auto accident attorneys in Georgia are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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