Recently, an 100-year-old California man accidentally backed over a group of school kids in Los Angeles, reigniting the debate on how old is too old for drivers to be on the road. Even though accidents with older drivers are not as common as accidents with other drivers, they are often more deadly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Associated Press article explores the requirements for older drivers to obtain or retain their licenses.
In Michigan, drivers licenses last for four years, regardless, for all drivers. That is no age where drivers must stop driving. Anyone may report a potentially unsafe driver and officials may require the driver to pass a driving or vision test or other related test.
The argument against setting a license age limit is that just because someone is getting older, doesn’t mean they are necessarily bad drivers. A lot of time other health conditions actually contribute to the higher accident rate, on par with teen and young 20 somethings.
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The truth is that there is no single answer for which group is safer, it comes down individual drivers. Families need to pay attention to older adults to ensure that they still have the ability to drive safely. If not, they may need to have a tough conversation about taking their keys. This way, families can help keep everyone safe on the road.
At Davis Law Center, we want everyone to remain safe. We know how difficult it can be to be injured in a car accident. The injuries can be life-changing. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your options if you have been injured in an accident, contact Davis Law Center today for a free consultation.