As we age we often have our senses diminish over time. Anyone who has driven a car before knows that if your vision and hearing are not sharp, you may be setting yourself up to get into a New Haven auto accident. It doesn’t have to be that way though, as you age you can monitor your abilities and with the help of professionals you can make sure your senses are sharp enough to remain behind the wheel and drive safely without concern.
You’re not in this alone, there are tools available that will allow you to self-assess your driving ability and then once you have done a self assessment you may wish to turn to a more robust assessment by a professional who can help give you guidance on if/and when you should be done with driving. So, the short answer to the question is, there really is no set age when you should stop driving. Like many things when it comes to aging it depends on where you are physically and mentally as to whether or not you should continue driving. Some signs you should be on the lookout for that should signal to you that it may be time to do some assessment of your skills include the following;
1.) Your own concern over your diminished skills. If you are noticing a dip in your ability to see or hear clearly, you should start the process of getting assessed before it is too late.
2.) If you’ve done an informal self-assessment and it raised some concerns for you, you may want to elevate your evaluations to a professional who can take a clear look at your results and help you determine a path forward.
3.) When you’re diagnosed with a condition that has been known to affect one’s ability to drive such as dementia, diabetes, seizures, or other medical conditions that could impact your safety, you may wish to considered not driving.
4.) While out driving you have recently had a series of near misses behind the wheel that have left you a little nervous, it may be a good time to get assessed and find a new mode of transportation.
Getting older can be hard for all of us, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of all of your independence. Because you wish to avoid getting into a New Haven auto accident, you may wish to get yourself out of the drivers seat, but there are some things you can do that will keep your independence like using ride sharing platforms or local public transportation that will allow you to continue to be independent while also remaining safe.
Your age doesn’t matter as much if you are injured in an auto accident and you may need to speak with someone who is experienced at representing cases like yours. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will look over your case and work with you to protect your long-term interests.