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Older Drivers = Dangerous Drivers?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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2/27/2014
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Ever get stuck behind a car that’s going about 30km in a 50 km zone? A car that’s weaving? Or a car that’s coming close to causing accidents left, right and center?

Yes?

Okay, so how many times have you eventually passed that car and seen an oldster hunched over the steering wheel?

Quite a few I imagine.

In BC we take safe driving seriously.

It’s why we’ve got graduated licensing to keep younger drivers safe. It’s why the government spends valuable dollars on driver education campaigns. And why drink driving and distracted driving are hot button issues right now.

But it’s time that we put “oldster driving” on the agenda.

A new study released today suggests that failing eyesight is forcing almost half of BC’s elderly drivers off of the roads at night due to safety concerns. But perhaps even worse, ICBC has recently crunched the numbers and found that drivers over the age of 75 are just as likely to have an accident as new drivers.  http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Failing+eyesight+driving+issue+aging+motorists/9555781/story.html

Here’s the thing, there are 500,000 active drivers in B.C. over the age of 65. That’s half a million motorists who are potentially a hazard to themselves and other users of the road.

And the problem is only going to get worse.

In Canada we’ve got an ageing population. That means that there are going to be more and more elderly drivers on our roads.  So now that scientific research has proven that our eyesight deteriorates and our reaction times slow with age, shouldn’t we be making sure that older drivers’ are up to scratch before we let them hit our streets?

After all, by putting someone behind the wheel of a car essentially gives them control of a deadly weapon. One that can maim and even kill.

The bottom line is simple. In B.C. we take steps to manage risk to the users of our roads. A perfect example of this is our graduated licensing program which regulates new drivers.

So, why aren’t we doing this for old timers too?

If you’ve been involved in a collision, particularly with an older driver you should know that justice in BC isn’t blind. As that drivers a question like: “do you have problems with your eyesight?; when was the last time you had your eyes tested?”

On the other end of an accident involving an older driver? Get in touch with us here at McComb Witten. We’ve got 20/20 vision when it comes to this kind of case and can help guide you through your ICBC injury claim.



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