An average of 500 adults over the age of 65 are injured and 15 are killed every day in car crashes. Driving helps older adults stay independent, but the risk of being injured in an auto accident increases as you age. Thankfully, there are steps older adults can take to stay safe on our roadways:
Get the Facts
In 2008, more than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes, accordin to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There were 33 million licensed older adult drivers in 2009, which is a 23% increase from 1999.
How Can Older Adult Driver Deaths and Injuries be Prevented?
Always wear a seatbelt. 23% of older motor vehicle drivers and passengers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Do not operate a motor vehicle while on medication. Consult with your doctor first before operating a motor vehicle on certain medications.
Have your eyes checked regularly. As you age, your vision and other senses tend to decline fairly rapidly. Get your eyes checked at least once a year.
Avoid night driving. Driving during daylight and good weather, and only drive at night or in poor weather if absolutely necessary.
Plan your route beofre leaving. Map out your route before you plan your trip. Know what roads you will be taking and how long it should take you so you can tell family or friends at your destination when they should expect you to arrive.
Avoid distractions. Avoid eating, talking on the phone or listening to loud music while driving. Stay focused and alert.
If your elderly loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us or chat with our life agents 24/7 for a free consultation.
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