There is no specific age at which a senior citizen becomes too old to drive a car. The age when a motorist should stop driving varies from person to person. There are, however, common driving-related challenges that many older motorists face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 500 people over 65 are involved in accidents causing injuries every day in America, and nearly two dozen seniors die in fatal car crashes every day.
Regardless of their age, senior drivers are held to the same standards of safe operation required of other motorists. If you’re injured in an accident caused by a negligent senior citizen, you may file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company for your damages: property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Challenges for Senior Drivers
Conditions and risk factors that increase a senior driver’s likelihood of causing an accident include:
General health conditions.
Accidents Commonly Caused by Older Motorists
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the effects of age on a senior’s driving can result in a variety of dangerous behaviors on the road, including the following:
More than 50 times a day across the U.S., vehicles crash into residential, public, and commercial buildings, causing thousands of injuries and 500 deaths annually. Nearly half of such accidents involve senior drivers.
Holding Senior Drivers Accountable
Although it’s considered polite in American society to respect and defer to older people, the law holds them accountable for damages they cause by driving negligently, just as it does all other drivers. The expenses you incur as a result of your accident are the same, no matter who caused them. If the at-fault driver’s insurer encourages you to accept a low settlement offer because the negligent driver is elderly, you should not do so without consulting an attorney.