There is no easy answer to that question.  There is no magic age at which all people begin to lose the skills that they need to be safe drivers.  Instead, the question must be answered individually for every driver based on the driver’s physical condition, cognitive ability, and driving record so that an older driver car accident can be avoided.

If you are wondering whether it is still safe to drive, or whether you should talk to an aging parent about driving, it is important to consider a few things.  First, talk to the driver’s doctor.  Consider whether there have any medical conditions or medications that would prevent the driver from driving safely.  Second, consider the comfort level of the driver and whether the driver is showing apprehension about driving.  Finally, consider some facts presented by the CDC.*  According to the CDC, the chances of being in an accident increases significantly between the ages of 70 -74.  Fatal crashes start increasing around age 75 and show a marked increase around age 80.

While our Atlanta car accident lawyers can’t give you an age that applies to everyone, we do encourage you to think carefully about driving.  If you have been in an accident, with any driver, and need more information about your rights and potential recovery, please contact an Atlanta car accident attorney at 770.518.1133 for more information.

*Source: CDC Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety Older Adult Drivers Fact Sheet April 2010
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