It is happening once again, a car accident, and an injury involving an elderly driver. Accidents happen every day but when they involve someone who is considered elderly (and it is a slow news day) it makes the news! The Boston Herald, reports that an Elderly Driver slammed into a lot attendant at the Brookline, Massachusetts Trader Joe’s. (a photo diary of the incident by Onscene Photo Diary is available here)
Stories like this often get people thinking about their own driving, or the driving of an elderly loved one. There is definitely a complicated emotional divide once this worry occurs, that elderly
drivers are concerned about is their continued independence and safety and loved ones are concerned about safety and the independence and
well-being of their loved ones.
If you are concerned you can have your mom or dad or other loved one evaluated by their physician (of course mom or dad has to AGREE) and many area senior centers offer driver retraining for elderly drivers. For a list of resources check out the Registry’s website.
Also, whenever something like this happens and is strewn about the media there becomes an increased backlash against elderly drivers, many of whom are perfectly fine and safe drivers. If this happens, you should consult with an attorney to help navigate the Judical System and the Registry of Motor Vehicles and help them get their license back.
A lawyer can assist you in navigating the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you would like to set up a consultation call me at 866-981-7888 or email me.