Aging Drivers and Driving Risks

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP

Suffolk County Accident Lawyers

Whether on the news or through personal experience, we have all witnessed senior drivers with diminished driving skills. According to a recent Fox News article 28 states and the District of Columbia require drivers over age 65 to renew their licenses more frequently, pass vision tests, and some require road tests. Yet other states like Florida and New York allow elderly drivers to renew their licenses by mail or email.

Some seniors become fearful, notice their lack of confidence, and without any prompting simply quit driving. Others stop driving after a series of accidents. Some never would stop unless a relative took their keys away, a doctor advised them to no longer drive, or insurance companies were unwilling to cover them.

From a legal and safety standpoint, there is uncertainty about how and where to draw the line for elderly drivers.

Statistics often provide the necessary facts to arrive at reasonable decisions. David Snyder, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the American Insurance Association pointed out that fatal crash rates do not increase until sometime after age 70. Furthermore, Jake Nelson, Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research at the American Automobile Association, indicated that according to statistics, seniors are some of the least dangerous drivers because they wear seatbelts and usually do not speed or drive intoxicated. In fact, drivers between ages 65 and 69 have the same fatal crash rates as drivers in their 30s. Senior’s fatal crash statistics do not surpass teenager’s fatal crash statistics until they reach age 85.

If you are an elderly driver in a car crash or are injured in a car accident involving an elderly driver, seek legal help. An experienced Long Island car accident lawyer can provide you with the facts and discuss the prospects of pursuing a case.