Open: Menu
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP

Phone: 860.266.4278

Toll Free: 877.783.5367

Map & Directions | Contact Us Now
Open: Practice Areas

How do I talk to an older Connecticut driver about car accidents?

It is no secret that older people sometimes see their reflexes and senses change as they age. So, how does one know when it might be time to ask Mom or Dad to give up the keys? It may be an unpleasant discussion, though it is a very important one for Connecticut families to have as older drivers sometimes cause or are involved in car accidents.

Those who have older drivers in their family need to keep in mind that the privilege of driving is often associated with greater independence. Giving up driving might seem like giving up one's freedom. The person may not respond in a favorable manner when this subject is broached, so loved ones may find it helpful to offer suggestions as to how the driver can still make use of other transportation methods. Sticking with facts and generating a dialogue can help the person feel as though he or she is part of the decision.

In order to know whether this conversation needs to happen, there are several points to keep in mind. If the older driver has recently had an accident or traffic ticket, it may be an indicator that his or her abilities are declining. A change in health, such as a doctor's advice to stop driving or a new medication or illness that could affect how the person drives may be enough incentive to stop. Also, observe how the driver behaves on the road -- does he or she get lost in places they shouldn't, or speed or slow down without cause? Any of these may "signal" that it's time to "pull over."

Whatever the decision ends up being, no one wants their elderly loved one to be injured in a crash. Here in Connecticut, it is possible that civil claims can be brought against drivers who cause car accidents that result in injury or fatality, whether an older driver is at fault or a victim. The hope is that the unthinkable never happens, but if it does, families deserve to know their options.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Talking with Older Drivers about Safe Driving", , Sept. 28, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Glastonbury Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
2252 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Phone: 860-266-4278
Toll free: 877-783-5367
Fax: 860-652-4382
Map & Directions

Hartford Office
Hartford Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860-266-4278
Toll free: 877-783-5367
Fax: 860-522-2490
Hartford Law Office Map

Glastonbury Office
Glastonbury Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
36 School Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Phone: 860-266-4278
Toll free: 877-783-5367
Fax: 860-734-0049
Glastonbury Law Office Map

Bristol Office
Bristol Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
747 Stafford Avenue
Bristol, CT 06010

Phone: 860-261-2226
Toll free: 877-783-5367
Fax: 860-589-5780
Bristol Law Office Map

Hampton Office
East Hampton Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
42 High St
East Hampton, CT 06424

Phone: 860-266-4278
Toll free: 877-783-5367
East Hampton Law Office Map

Rocky Hill Office
Rocky Hill Office
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
750 Old Main Street - Suite 304
Rocky Hill , CT 06067

Phone: 860-571-8988
Toll free: 877-783-5367
Fax: 860-571-8975
Map & Directions

Super Lawyers

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.