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Do older drivers have more accidents?

There has always been a concern that the older people get, the less able they are to drive safely. Elderly drivers are all over California roadways. Many may not be equipped to drive without getting into an accident or a near accident. There are many reasons why older adults may be more dangerous behind the wheel.

AAA explains that with age comes some driving limitations. Older drivers may not be able to see as well after the sun goes down. They may have mobility issues or even mental conditions that slow movement and reaction times. They are also more fragile than younger people, so if they are in an accident, the chances of severe or fatal injuries increase.

Not all older drivers are unsafe. In fact, many older drivers in their 60s and early 70s are still perfectly capable of driving safely and do not have an increase in their chances of getting into an accident. However, once you reach the age of 75, your chances of a crash increase, and once you reach 80 the chances rise even more.

The best way for older drivers to stay safe and to avoid hurting themselves or others in a motor vehicle accident is to be aware of their limitations. If you know you cannot see well after dark, then do not drive after dark. If you cannot control the vehicle due to muscle weakness, then it may be time to hang up your car keys. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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