In an accident earlier this week out of Missouri, a 41-year-old man was killed when an elderly driver proceeded to make a left turn on a steady green light, cutting off a motorcyclist. According to a report by the t. Louis Post Dispatch, the accident occurred in the afternoon hours when the elderly man, driving a Mercury Sable, cut the motorcyclist off.
As the driver made the left turn in front of the motorcyclist, he struck the bike with the front of the car, sending the man flying off his motorcycle. The man, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was found dead by emergency personnel when they arrived a few moments later.
Elderly Drivers Cause More Accidents
This is not meant to be disrespectful to our older population, but the statistics speak for themselves: elderly drivers tend to cause more accidents than the younger population. This is due to a number of reasons, including:
- Slower reaction times;
- Failing vision;
- More likely to get confused while driving;
- Decrease ability to physically maneuver the car and respond quickly to events;
- Reactions to various medications;
- Difficulty hearing traffic noise; and
- Other medical conditions that may affect their driving.