Largely due to both its population and its extensive system of roads, the Lone Star State is a hotbed for motor vehicle accidents. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, a reportable crash happens somewhere in the state every 57 seconds.
While anyone can suffer catastrophic injuries or die in a motor vehicle accident, older drivers are particularly at risk.
A greater chance of having a car accident
Even though young and inexperienced drivers are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, such as speeding or tailgating, older drivers tend to have slower reflexes and poorer eyesight. Each of these may cause an older motorist to do one or more of the following:
- Drive at slower speeds
- Misjudge distances
- Fail to see other vehicles and pedestrians, especially when driving in dim lighting conditions
Because of these risks, the time is likely to come eventually when you must talk to your elderly relatives about surrendering their driver’s licenses or otherwise staying off the road.
A greater chance of suffering a serious injury
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, motorists who are over the age of 70 have a greater chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident than any other age group. This is largely due to their frailty. Preexisting medical conditions also can factor into an older driver’s injury risk.
Older drivers often have more expensive recoveries and longer recovery times. Ultimately, by pursuing financial compensation for their injuries from the driver who caused the accident, these individuals boost their odds of returning to normal.