As the life expectancy steadily grows in the United States, so does the number of older drivers on the road. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were 28 million licensed drivers 70 years or older in 2017, about 8% of the population. And although studies suggest that drivers over 70 drive fewer miles than their younger counterparts, the natural decline in visual, physical, and cognitive abilities certainly raises concerns. In addition, many older drivers take medication which can further impair their ability to safely operate a vehicle.
The FHA reports that the most common error for seniors involved in accidents is failure to yield the right of way. Indeed, drivers over 70 are more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections and merges, often due to a lack of spatial awareness. If they do get in an accident, they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured, and this risk only increases with age.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.