Why are elderly Canadians in more serious car accidents?

Getting a driver's license can be challenging. For many elderly people in British Columbia, keeping that license can be just as hard. This conversation is making headlines after recent data from an insurance provider showed disproportionate representation of older drivers in car accidents resulting in serious injury or death.

Some people in Canada are asking for increased safeguards to keep people whose driving has become unsafe as a result of aging. Others believe the statistics are misleading. They argue that older people may be more likely to be seriously injured or killed in car accidents because of their age, not the severity of the collision.

Age affects people differently. While some become better drivers with age and experience, others lose mental quickness over time. However, these changes can take place earlier in life and may not happen at all. 

Upper age limits are not being discussed in British Columbia and are considered ageist. However, certain safeguards such as increased testing and driver training over the lifetime of a driver are suggestions being discussed by the public. Advocates also suggest increased investment in public transit will make cities safer and more accessible for people of all ages.

Car accidents can cause injuries and fatalities no matter what the victims' ages. The elderly, young children, or those who have pre-existing conditions are even greater risk of permanent damage or loss of life from a collision. For anyone who was injured or lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, it is important to know the legal options and next steps. These can be understood through consulting a British Columbia lawyer.

Source: National Post, "Grey matters: Age limits pose major roadblock for older drivers", Wanda Morris, Aug 14, 2017

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