As we age it becomes harder to complete certain tasks as successfully as we used to when we were younger. Our bodies slow down, our reaction time is hampered, our eyesight is limited, and our memory gets fuzzy. Many mature adults are also frequently on one or more medications that could potentially impact their driving abilities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that as many as four out of five senior adults take at least one medication if not more regularly. Everyone ages at a different rate and experiences the symptoms of aging in different ways so it is important to keep a regular check on your health especially if you plan on driving.
According to the CDC, in 2015:
When seniors are in accidents the injuries tend to be more serious than their younger counterparts and lead to death at a higher rate. Fatal accidents have a significant increase in the older population at around 70 years of age. Those drivers who are still behind the wheel when they are 85 are the highest risk for fatal crashes. As seen in most accident statistics, men have still held the highest death rates when compared to females.
If you are a caregiver for an older individual or if you are a driver that is advancing in age, consider the following safe driving tips:
The Arizona serious injury attorneys at ELG have many years of experience providing legal representation to victims of car accidents who are injured as a result of their accidents. You need to obtain the most compensation possible after a car accident to help you with the costs of your medical treatment and damages and the Phoenix car accident attorneys are here to give you that guidance and support.
Don’t hesitate to contact the lawyers at ELG at 623-562-3838 to set up a free consultation at either of our locations in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona where you can discuss your accident experience.
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