There is no way around it: we are all getting older. As our loved ones reach their golden years, we notice that they may begin to have eyesight, memory, and hearing difficulties. Reaction times and ability to move quickly diminishes. These are just things that come during the aging process.
It is most likely your desire to see your loved ones age gracefully as they enjoy their lives. When you factor in the changes that aging brings on with the operation of a vehicle, it can be a dangerous combination.
People over the age of 70 are at a much higher risk of being involved in a Green Bay car crash than any other age group. In order to keep your elderly loved ones—as well as other drivers and passengers—safe on the road, you will need to talk to them about driving.
When talking with your elderly loved one about the possibility of no longer driving you should:
- Be respectful. As you can imagine, this can be a frustrating time for your loved ones. Make sure you are kind and honest to them. Take your time and choose your words wisely.
- Be specific. Many times the elderly person will take offense and deny that he or she is unsafe on the road. Make notes of specific incidents of unsafe driving behaviors.
- Ask for help. Seek the assistance of other family members or friends. The more people who are there, the more likely your older loved one will listen to what you have to say.
Although you and your family take precautions to ensure the older driver will not be a danger behind the wheel, sadly, other families will not do the same. If you have been injured due to an unsafe driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Green Bay car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free legal consultation or to obtain a FREE download of our book, The Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know.