Could Aging Put Motorists at Risk for Cedar Rapids Car Accidents?

The truth of the matter is that we all age. Our eyes deteriorate over time and our health fails us. Some senior citizens recognize this and willingly give up the keys to their cars, but other elderly drivers won't let go of their freedom and continue to drive even when they shouldn't.

Keeping this in mind, it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that drivers over 85 years old are involved in more fatal accidents in Iowa and throughout this nation than any other age group. This may be because many seniors have lose some of their hearing, their eyesight deteriorates, and their reflexes get slower over time.

When these things start occurring, seniors often have problems with the following:

  • Lane drifting
  • Difficulty turning
  • Difficulty focusing on fast moving cars
  • Trouble with stopping in time
  • Difficulty spotting a pedestrian
  • Issues with distance and seeing an approaching car

If a senior is at the wheel when their eyes are failing them, they may pull out in front of another car, cut off a pedestrian, drift into another lane, or they may not see that the light turned red. Any of these things could lead to a Cedar Rapids auto accident.

If you are a child of an aging parent that has glaucoma, cataracts, or trouble seeing at night, you need to have a talk with your parent before it is too late. However, not all car accidents in Eastern Iowa are the fault of senior drivers. If your parent or family member has been hurt in a crash, they may have rights.

Call a qualified Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer today at the Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund and receive a free, no-obligation consultation at (319) 866-9277 to find out if you or your family is entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of services, loss of companion, lost wages and more.