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Talking about driving safety with seniors

As people age, it can become harder for them to drive safely. Their reactions slow down. Physical responses become more difficult. They may experience diminishing senses, like hearing or eyesight. All of these issues can make them more dangerous drivers than they were in their youth.

Talking to them about this, however, can be very difficult. They may not believe they are unsafe. They may not want to give up this freedom that they have enjoyed for so long. They may feel like it is not a younger person's place to tell them that they're putting others at risk.

If you are worried about an elderly driver, a good place to begin is by talking to other friends of family members. Find out if they agree with you. This way, you know you're not overreacting. On top of that, the elderly individual may be more likely to listen if multiple people express the same concerns.

You might also want to get in touch with that person's doctor. Now, privacy rules could mean the doctor cannot tell you anything about the other person's health, but you are still free to tell the medical professional about your worries. They can then keep that in mind at the next checkup. If they see clear signs that the person should not drive, they can say something. It may be easier for the elderly individual to hear it from a doctor than from anyone else.

Have you been involved in a car accident caused by an elderly driver? If so, you should find out if you have a right to financial compensation for your injuries. An attorney can evaluate your situation and help protect your rights.

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