Among seniors aged 65 or older, around 10 percent of the population in this demographic group has at least some mild dementia. A senior with even slight dementia can face a 4.7 percent increased risk of involvement in a car accident, as compared with someone who does not have memory issues. Seniors also face a variety of other age-related impairments that can affect them, including delayed reflexes and vision problems. For many older people, health issues necessitate taking prescription medications, some of which can also affect cognition and physical ability.
Unfortunately, all of these factors mean that older motorists may no longer be able to drive safely. Atlanta senior driving car accidents are far too common, and many of these accidents cause injury to the senior but also to other innocent motorists or pedestrians on the road. Whenever crashes happen involving senior drivers, it is important to determine the accident cause and to make an assessment of whether the senior should be liable for losses. Accident victims can consult with an experienced attorney for assistance in determining if a case can be pursued for compensation from a senior driver.
Signs That Senior Drivers Present Atlanta Car Accident Risks
While seniors can be held accountable if their actions cause auto accidents, prevention of accidents is preferable to responding after the crashes occur. Seniors need to be mindful of their own abilities and impairments so they can make smart choices about when to stop driving.
Family members of people who are getting older should also be on the lookout for signs of problems. Driving.ca recently published a helpful list of 10 red flags that could be serious indicators that it is time for a senior to stop driving. The red flags include:
- Unexplained damage to the vehicle belonging to the senior.
- Not looking when changing lanes or backing up a vehicle.
- Confusion about which pedal is the gas pedal and which is the brake pedal.
- Unsafe or delayed left turns.
- Delayed reaction time or delayed response time.
- Agitation or excessive irritation when driving.
- Speed-related issues, including an inability to maintain a consistent speed, driving too fast, or driving too slowly.
- Starting to have issues with parking, even though parking was OK before.
- Inability to stay in between the lines of the lane without drifting into a different lane.
- Riding the brake, which refers to keeping a foot on the brake pedal while the other foot is on the gas at the same time.
If you notice any of these signs of trouble in yourself or in a loved one, it is time to think seriously about whether driving is still OK or whether the risk of an Atlanta accident has become too great. Seniors need to stop driving before they cause accidents and hurt someone or even cause fatalities. If they don’t, they should be held accountable by the victims who are harmed.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.