Despite these added precautions it is not uncommon for a senior driver to be involved in a motor vehicle crash caused by some physical ailment or unexpected problem in cognizance. This leads some people to question if there is someone else to blame for these problems, someone other than the senior driver who might not even be aware they have a problem driving until they do.
In California, a recent court case was conducted to ask a jury if a doctor was at fault for allowing an 85-year-old women, already diagnosed with dementia and prescribed anti-dementia medication, to drive. She was later involved in a vehicle crash which killed her long time partner, a 90-year-old man.
The problem for many people is that surrendering their driving license is tantamount to admitting they are incapable. It also leads to a host of new difficulties when the senior driver is no longer able to get around their community. Public transportation is unreliable in most major metropolitan areas of the United States, as well as complicated and time consuming. These leaves seniors without a way to get to doctors appointments, grocery shopping, or even just visiting friends and family.
When it comes to vehicle collisions involving senior drivers statistics show they are far less likely to be killed or injured in an incident than teenage or first-time drivers. However, crashes involving senior drivers often involve injury or death to someone other than themselves. Ultimately, however, if a driver is unable to gauge their own ability to safely operate a motor vehicle there must be someone willing to stand up and take responsibility for protecting them from themselves.