Finding Ways to Help our Elderly Drivers Reduce Risks for Car Accidents in Chicago, Nation

According to researchers at the University of Colorado Denver, a majority of elderly drivers who were surveyed said that they supported the mandatory retesting of elderly drivers. These surveyed drivers also said that they would happily hand over their car keys if their doctor or someone they loved said that they were unable to safely navigate a motor vehicle. Knowing when to turn in your keys can help to reduce your risks of a car accident in Chicago.

“We are now exploring the idea of an advance directive for driving where someone would be designated to take away your keys at some point,” said Emmy Betz, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.Our Chicago car accident attorneys understand that it can be a tough subject to bring up, taking to your parents and grandparents about their deteriorating ability to drive. It’s important to keep the safety of your loved ones as a top priority, even if that priority means having to discuss these risks with a loved one. Your intervention can help to save a life. It’s recommended that you approach this sort of topic with concern and compassion instead of with a forceful, lecturing tone.

In the study from the University of Colorado Denver, 122 senior citizens were surveyed and results showed that more than 70 percent said that they supported mandatory retesting depending on age. Another 70 percent said that family members should be in charge of determining when a license should be revoked, while more than 50 percent said that it should be a doctor’s job. Less than 20 percent of those surveyed said that it should be the DMV on and roughly 25 percent reported that they felt it was the police’s job.

About 90 percent of elderly drivers who were surveyed said that they may stop driving if a doctor advised them to, while about 75 percent said they would if their family asked them to. Only about 12 percent of these elderly drivers reported to have been involved in a car accident over the last year and nearly 90 percent of these drivers said that they had at least one medical condition that most likely increases their risk of accidents. The surveyed drivers reported an average of seven medications each.

According to Betz, the University is trying to develop a screening process to help to identify drivers who are at alarmingly high risks for accidents. She also says that drivers who are over the age of 75 have higher rates for accidents per miles driven.

Residents are asked to take a close look at the elderly drivers in their family to see if they might be at serious risks for an accident. If so, they’re urged to talk with these family members. A responsible resident knows when it’s time to turn in their keys not only to safe their life, but to save the life of other innocent motorists.

If you or an elderly family member has been injured in a car accident in Chicago or in any of the surrounding areas, the personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Abels & Annes offer free and confidential appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

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