Glaucoma May Be Key Factor in Elderly Accidents Resulting in Personal Injury


March 13, 2012

The elderly are particularly susceptible to serious accidents that result in personal injury, including slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle collisions. Seniors are disproportionately involved in serious accidents whether they be car accidents or slip and fall accidents.

These accidents not only tend to occur more frequently amongst the elderly but also result in more serious injuries for elderly victims. A new study suggests that glaucoma may play a substantial role in this increased risk.

Auto accident rates climb for older drivers beginning at the age of 65. Drivers between the ages of 75-84 have a traffic collision fatality rate as high as teen drivers. Once drivers reach the age of 85, their auto accident fatality rate is nearly 400% higher than that of teen drivers based on a study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Seniors are also at a much higher risk than the general population for suffering serious injury and wrongful death in slip and fall accidents. A third of all seniors suffer a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 18,000 older people die in a typical year in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Approximately 2.2 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for falls and almost 600,000 seniors are hospitalized.

A study published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Journal suggests that glaucoma may play a significant role in the higher rate of slip and falls and auto accidents among the elderly. Seniors with glaucoma were over three times more likely to have suffered a fall over the prior 12-month period. Elderly drivers with glaucoma were five times more likely to have been in a car accident during the previous 5 years and 10 times more likely to have been at-fault than seniors without glaucoma.

While the researchers suggest that more studies are needed, vision issues related to glaucoma may be a contributing factor to many serious accidents involving older Georgians. The results of this study suggest that the elderly should speak with their doctor and ophthalmologist about effective measures to reduce car accident and slip and fall accidents in Atlanta. It is also important to take steps to provide bright lighting in the homes of seniors to reduce the danger of slip and fall accidents and Georgia auto collisions.

If you are a senior and have been injured in a slip and fall or car accident in Georgia or your elderly loved one has suffered injury or wrongful death, the experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing personal injury victims throughout Georgia for 27 years. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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