At least 850,000 licensed motorists in Maryland are 65 years of age or older. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration does not consider age when issuing a driver’s license, as noted by the Southern Maryland Chronicle.
A motorist’s ability to operate a vehicle determines whether he or she maintains a driver’s license. There may remain, however, an unfounded belief that an older individual cannot drive safely. Modern technology is helping to prove otherwise.
Vehicles with modern technology assist senior drivers
Vehicle manufacturers continue to upgrade their models with state-of-the-art sensors, rearview cameras and automated braking systems. The technology has helped senior drivers to operate their vehicles safely and efficiently.
As a result of modern technology, fatal crashes involving drivers over the age of 70 have decreased. Over the past 20 years, deaths of seniors in car accidents have seen a reduction of 18%, as reported by AARP. Modifying a currently owned vehicle with new system upgrades may accommodate a motorist’s unique needs and promote safer driving.
Accidents still occur and complications may develop
Despite the advanced safety systems, accidents still take place and an involved older individual may require a visit to a hospital even if he or she appears unaffected. Serious internal injuries may have occurred. Cautionary X-rays or imaging may serve to diagnose and treat injuries that might initially go undetected.
Other issues may develop in the aftermath of a vehicle accident and require well-considered and immediate attention. They may reflect insurance claims, vehicle repairs or personal injury actions resulting from another driver’s negligence. Thankfully, technology has benefited drivers of all ages, but the need still remains to think carefully about the steps to take if and when an accident occurs.