As of 2015, more than 40 million of the drivers on America’s roads were seniors, or those over the age of 65. Unfortunately, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increases with age. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 12 percent of the drivers involved in fatal accidents are seniors. This number is second only to teen drivers.
Attorney John B. Kenison, Jr. understands the risk of car accidents for seniors in Manchester, NH. His expertise in car accidents and personal injury law has given him the ability to represent accident victims and their families and secure compensation for their losses.
Risk Factors for Senior Drivers
There are a number of reasons why the risk of being injured or killed in a car accident increases as we age. There are a variety of factors that put them at a greater risk for an accident. These risk factors may include:
- Vision impairment
- Problems with memory
- Hearing impairment
- Reduction in reasoning and other cognitive skills
- Physical limitations, caused by loss of strength and flexibility, arthritis, and other conditions
- Medications with side effects
Declines in health and immunity increase the risk of seniors suffering severe and life-threatening injuries in an accident.
Lower the Risk of Car Accidents for Seniors
If you have an elderly loved one, there are some steps you can take to lower their risk of a car accident and suffering severe injuries in an accident:
- Emphasize the importance of seat belt use
- Encourage your loved one to stay home when road conditions are poor (snowy or icy)
- Make sure your loved one has an up-to-date prescription for his or her corrective lenses
- If they are hard of hearing, talk about getting hearing aids
- Encourage regular exercise, which can increase strength, mobility, and flexibility
- Discuss your loved one’s medications and any potential side effects or adverse reactions with their doctor
- Have your loved one avoid driving at night whenever possible
If your loved one’s ability to drive seems to be decreasing rapidly, it may be time to prevent him or her from driving altogether. Although it is a difficult conversation to have, it could save your loved one’s life. Give them alternative transportation options, such as a ride service, so they can maintain their independence (if appropriate).
When Accidents Do Occur
If your senior relative was involved in an accident, seek expert legal counsel right way. Mr. Kenison has resources at his disposal that can assist with accident reconstruction and gathering evidence. Whether your loved one was at fault or not, he can help. If your loved one was not at fault, he will work tirelessly to obtain compensation to cover medical expenses and other damages. If your loved one was at fault, he can work to lessen the charges and penalties he or she is facing.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have concerns about your loved one driving, or if he or she was injured in an accident, contact Kenison Law Office, PLLC to schedule a consultation.