Elderly drivers, or drivers aged 70 and up, share the road with drivers who may be as young as age 16 in some states. The risk of severe injury after a car accident can be substantial for any driver or passenger in a car, but this risk may be particularly important to point out for elderly drivers and passengers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020 there were almost 48 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States. Additionally, the CDC reported that drivers aged 70 and up have higher crash death rates per 1,000 crash than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54) primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash.
According to a devastating recent news report, a fatal two-vehicle accident occurred in Frederick County, Maryland. An 89-year-old driver was traveling north on Harmony Road and attempted to cross U.S. Route 40, at which a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling east on U.S. Route 40 through the intersection. Both vehicles crashed into each other at the intersection and the 89-year-old driver was declared deceased at the scene. The other driver was transported by a helicopter to a shock trauma center for his injuries. In addition, the road was closed for approximately three hours after the crash. Maryland State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Road
For all drivers, regardless of age, there are some tips that can help keep everyone safe on the road. It is important to avoid distracted driving, including using your phone or eating. It is also important to avoid being under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Additionally, it can be helpful to plan your route before you drive, which may include finding safe routes with easy parking and well-lit conditions. In addition, any changes in vision can impact one’s driving, so it is important to get regularly checked at an eye doctor and to address any vision problems – and this may also apply to hearing. It is important to be aware of any side effects that medications may have, and how these medications you’re taking can affect your driving ability, and this includes over-the-counter medications. If there are certain times of the day that make it difficult for you to drive, including driving at night, it is important to plan around those times to ensure that you are comfortable behind the wheel. These are just some of the considerations and tips to help keep everyone safe on the road.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a Maryland hit-and-run car accident, contact the dedicated attorneys at the Schupak Law Firm today. Our attorneys have extensive experience in personal injury cases and have diligently represented clients seeking damages after car accidents. In addition to car accidents, our firm handles other traffic accidents, along with medical malpractice, slip and falls, product liability, premises liability, nursing home and elder abuse, and wrongful death, among other practice areas. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney on our team, call our office at 240-833-3914.