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Aging and car accidents: What are the risks for Illinois drivers?

According to a study conducted by AAA, nearly 90 percent of drivers who are age 65 or older have a medical condition that "affects their driving." Knowing the multitude of motorists on the road in Naperville and the rest of Chicagoland, which is certainly a cause for concern. At the same time, the effect of age-related health concerns on one's ability to drive may lead to some difficult conversations for families across the state.

Already, Illinois drivers 75 and older are required to retake a behind-the-wheel exam when they renew their driver's licenses. This is largely because hearing and vision loss directly impacts a person's ability to react to changes in road conditions, which puts passengers and others on the road at risk for sustaining accident-related injuries.

A lot of people enjoy the freedom that driving offers, but when health concerns put drivers and others at risk, it may be important to consider limiting the amount of time spent behind the wheel or hanging up the car keys permanently. Those who have elderly family may wish to start a conversation about road safety. If seniors don't have major health concerns, they may wish to take driving courses that specifically address techniques to avoid car accidents.

Regardless of a driver's age, they have a duty to make sure they are driving with caution and care. If a driver fails to pay attention and causes a car accident, the repercussions may not be limited to the crash itself. Those who are involved in a car accident could benefit from gaining a full assessment of their legal rights and responsibilities under Illinois personal injury laws.

Source: The Naperville Sun, "When to talk to older relatives about ability to drive," Cathy Janek, Feb. 7, 2013

  • Our firm has helped car accident victims and their families through the difficult weeks and months after they sustain injuries. To find out more, please see our Naperville car accident page.

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