1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Car Accidents
  4.  » Driving can be dangerous for older individuals

Driving can be dangerous for older individuals

| Jun 1, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Stiff joints, weak muscles or declining eyesight may make it difficult to stay in control of your vehicle while traveling on Missouri highways. A decline in cognitive function may also increase your risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. In some cases, mental or physical impairments may result in your license being taken away.

Older drivers should avoid driving at night

Driving at night can be dangerous for experienced drivers who are in relatively good health. It can be borderline reckless for those who may not be able to see a person, animal or object trying to cross a dark country road to do so. Operating a motor vehicle at night during the fall or winter months may be especially dangerous because roads might be covered in leaves, snow or black ice.

Elderly motorists are encouraged to keep their distance

Older individuals may have slower reaction times compared to their younger peers. Furthermore, an elderly person may have trouble processing information in a timely manner. If you are a driver over the age of 65, you may be able to minimize your risk of a car accident by staying at least 250 feet behind the vehicle in front of yours. It may also be a good idea to avoid driving if you think that the roads will be busy as it can be harder to give yourself enough space to drive safely.

If you are involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.