On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, a 72-year-old man was fatally injured in a car crash which occurred a few miles south of Lawrenceburg. In addition to the death of the elderly occupant, the accident led to severe injuries for another passenger. For drivers throughout the state of Tennessee, the crash served as a reminder of the increased risks that elderly drivers face in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you should work with a personal injury lawyer to determine your legal options for recovering compensation for your damages.
Collision Rates Substantially Higher Among the Elderly
Throughout the United States, elderly drivers experience a higher rate of collisions than other age groups. In 2014 alone, over 200,000 elderly drivers were injured in motor vehicle collisions, and more than 5,000 of these drivers suffered fatal injuries. The alarming number of car crashes involving elderly drivers can be attributed to a number of issues. As elderly drivers continue to age, muscular problems such as arthritis can impact steering wheel grip and braking ability. Additionally, aging drivers often face the difficulties that come with dwindling motor skills and lessening vision.
It should come as no surprise that per mile traveled, the fatality rate climbs exponentially once drivers reach the age of 75. Also concerning is the fact that over 75% of drivers over the age of 65 use one or more prescription medications. These medications can come with side effects that can impact awareness, motor skills, and the ability to stay awake while driving.
How You Can Help
If you have an elderly family member that wants to continue to drive, it is important to ensure that they are capable of driving safely. Do your research on the side effects of their medications, make sure that they have annual vision and reflex testing, and ride with them occasionally to evaluate their driving ability. Doing your part to ensure that they are safe to operate a motor vehicle can make all the difference.
Contact a Jacksboro Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our number one concern is ensuring that you and your family are fully compensated for the injuries suffered during a motor vehicle collision. If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, set up a free consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney by calling 423-449-7980.