In Michigan, where public transportation is limited, driving is the most common means of getting from one place to another. However, many elderly people continue to drive despite declining cognitive abilities and reflexes due to dementia and other age-related conditions. Consequently, while fewer people over 70 have drivers’ licenses than those aged 20 – 69, the rate of fatal crashes per mile is higher for older motorists. What should caregivers and family members do when an elderly person can no longer drive safely?
Here is a guide to preventing older drivers from becoming a danger to themselves and other motorists. And, if you are injured in a crash, hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.
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There is no specific age when an older person should stop or limit driving. This complicated decision should be based on ability, cognitive and physical, rather than age. Many elderly people are not aware their driving skills are deteriorating, or they may be in denial.
Caregivers or family members should watch for one or more of the following signs:
If the person exhibits one or more of the above signs, or you are not comfortable riding in their car or letting them drive your children, it is probably time to take action.
Here are some tips from various aging experts and organizations on the best ways to help an elderly driver relinquish the car keys:
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fatal crashes per miles traveled begin to increase around age 70 and peak at 85 and older.
In addition, fatal accidents involving older drivers (age 60 and above) rose 7 percent last year, with the largest surge (11 percent) in the 75 – 84 age group.
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