Impaired Elderly Drivers And Resulting Car Accidents At An Increased Rate Is A Growing Concern in Pennsylvania
According to a recent study, there is a growing concern about driver safety among the aging population which accounts for the second highest number of car accidents after teenagers. The study indicated that the main issue is not age but functional ability. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration people 65 years or older made up 14% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. Many times we take it for granted that when speaking with a friend or relative who brags about their elderly mother, father, or uncle who is still driving at age 92 that all is well and that this individual is safe for himself, herself and others.
Unfortunately, many of the elderly people are on the road with potential impairments that have not been revealed or noted with a restriction on their driver’s license. Many times, we are too proud to tell our parents or loved ones that they should not be driving when in fact their physical or mental conditions presents a hazard to other drivers on the highway. A recent study indicated that sensory loss in drivers such as vision and hearing loss is an important risk factor in car accidents.