New research has revealed that if an older driver has a history of falling, they are 40 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash.
The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, revealed that falls can limit a driver’s ability to function behind the wheel.
The research conducted by AAA is included in the report Associations Between Falls and Driving Outcomes in Older Adults, which focuses on completing research on aging drivers. Falls can impact a driver’s abilities in two ways:
- Loss of functional ability as a result of fractures, which can make it difficult to steer or brake
- Limit physical activity, which can cause a decline in driving skills
About 12 million older adults will suffer a fall each year. Older adults are also involved in more than 400,000 auto accidents each year.
It is important for families to become familiar with any health problems that may diminish an older driver’s abilities behind the wheel. Slow reaction time, poor balance, medications and visual problems can all increase the risk of a crash.
Seniors can keep themselves safe behind the wheel by finding activities that will strengthen their muscles and improve flexibility and balance. Seniors can also take a refresher driving course to update their skills behind the wheel.
It is important for seniors and their families to address any issues that could cause a loved one to be at risk of being involved in an accident.
If your loved one is hurt in an auto accident caused by a careless or reckless driver, contact an auto accident lawyer you can trust to fight for your rights. With decades of legal experience, Greg Coleman Law can help you determine your legal options so that you can obtain the compensation you need after an accident.