5 Reasons the Elderly Get into Car Accidents

Although the number of elderly drivers on the road isn’t very high, some who choose to get behind the wheel may pose a risk to themselves and others. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), risk of injury or death in an auto accident goes up with age. A Peachtree City accident lawyer can help you and your family if an elderly driver was involved in an accident in Georgia. 

New Statistics on Elderly Driving and Car Accidents 

On average, about 500 elderly adults are injured every day in an accident according to the CDC. The good news is that older adults choose not to drive in more dangerous conditions, like after dark or when there is inclement weather. But the fact remains that when an older adult gets behind the wheel, they may be at a higher risk for having an accident. 

Possible Causes of Car Accidents Involving the Elderly 

The following are reasons that the elderly may get into car accidents:

  • slower reaction time;
  • vision and/or hearing is impaired;
  • focusing is more difficult;
  • poor judgment; and
  • medical conditions (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s) can impact ability to drive. 

Although the elderly don’t generally engage in risky behaviors like other age groups, such as texting or speeding, the reality is that these risk factors may put some at greater risk of accidents. Different age groups present different risks when it comes to driving. Learning about Georgia car accident statistics according to age can help us better understand some of the driving behaviors that may impact various age groups.  

Car Accident Attorney in Peachtree City, GA 

Contact an attorney at the Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 (Peachtree City) or (980) 246-2656 (Atlanta) to go over your car accident. Whether you are injured in an accident involving an elderly driver or from another age group, you may be able to file an injury claim to recover compensation. You can learn more about auto accidents and what to do after a crash in Georgia by reading our free eBook.

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