It is normal and expected that driving abilities change over time, but this can be combatted by education and reduction of risk factors. If you have an older loved one who is still driving, then be aware of potential signs that your family member might need assistance with driving. Sadly, an older individual might not even be fully aware of how his or her driving habits have changed. It can be difficult to initiate a conversation with a loved one who does not want to lose independence, but it is also important to recognize when other drivers on the road are put at risk because of an unsafe driver.
There are many different ways that aging can impact driving safety, including:
- Reduced reaction times, making it more difficult to notice vehicles entering the roadway from merging lanes, side streets, or driveways
- As you age, it is harder to divide accurately your focus between several different activities, like seeing all of the relevant road signs and using them to influence your actions in the car
- Reduced arm strength makes it harder to handle the steering wheel as effectively as you once might have been able to do
- Leg pain or other leg issues make it harder to move the foot from the brake pedal to the gas and vice versa
- Stiffness in the neck or other signs of arthritis can make it harder to accurately assess the landscape before changing lanes or merging onto a busy road
If you notice that your elderly loved one is struggling with driving alone then, it is worth having a conversation. The repercussions of a serious car accident could extend well beyond your loved oneâ€™s health. Others could be injured or fatally wounded in a serious accident. Make sure your loved one is always safe on the road. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, you should contact an attorney, regardless of who caused the accident. If you were injured, then you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Attorney Jayson Lutzky offers free in-office consultations or consultations at your home or hospital if you were seriously injured, to potential clients. Call 718-329-9500 to set up an appointment and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzkyâ€™s services.