Drivers of any age are able to become involved in a car accident in the state of Connecticut for a variety of reasons. Driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and not paying any attention to the road all account for accidents–regardless of age. Drivers who are getting on in their years, however, have additional issues that develop and steadily worsen as they get older that can easily place them in greater danger of being involved in a serious car crash than a younger driver.
When people reach their late 60s and early 70s, they often start to develop problems that cause driving a car to be somewhat more difficult than it used to be. Although it is true that age by itself is not a deciding factor as to whether or not you or a family member will be involved in a serious car accident, the medical problems that go hand in hand with growing older are often ones that limit a person’s capacity for driving safely along Connecticut roadways.
According to the American Automobile Association, the main reasons that elderly drivers are more likely to become involved in car crashes are listed below.
As people grow older, their eyesight grows more limited which can result in inadvertently dangerous driving conditions. To get a driver’s license in the state of Connecticut, you are required to pass an eye examination, but since eyesight can deteriorate very rapidly it is possible for someone with a valid driver’s license to not be able to see well enough to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Eighty percent of grown-ups who are more than 70 years old have some type of arthritis. The impact that advanced arthritis could potentially have on a person’s ability to maneuver their steering wheel, use a turn signal, or properly adjust their mirrors can be quite significant the older a driver gets.
Delayed Reaction Times
Although the process of aging causes most people to gradually slow down, men and women who are over 70 also usually have more delayed or slower reaction times; a flaw that can prove fatal when you are behind the wheel. Being unable to react quickly to a dangerous situation could cause the onset of some terrible consequences.
Seeking legal counsel from an experienced attorney is crucial. The right attorney will be able to help you devise a plan regarding the best way to move forward with any legal claims that are able to be made, including a decision of who is liable for your Connecticut car accident.
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