Donald Fohrman, an Illinois injury attorney, says that the study is welcome news.
Online PR News – 01-February-2015 – Chicago, Illinois – In early January, AAA announced that it would be partnering with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health to conduct a $12 million study on the hazards posed by elderly drivers. The study is expected to be one of the largest and most comprehensive ever conducted on elderly driver habits. Chicago personal injury attorney Donald Fohrman says the study is good news for both the elderly and for other drivers on the road.
AAA will recruit more than 3,000 drivers between the ages of 65 and 79. The drivers will be located in test cities throughout the U.S. Each driver's car will be fitted with GPS devices that will allows researchers to study their driving patterns and maneuvers in real-time.
While there is often an assumption that elderly people make for bad drivers, experts say that assumption is largely based on anecdotal evidence. There has been little research done into whether the elderly actually pose a higher-than-average risk. This study will also track medication information, which will give researchers a better understanding of how sedatives, painkillers, and other common drugs affect driving ability.
Donald Fohrman, an Illinois injury attorney, says that the study is welcome news. "I've certainly seen my fair share of accidents caused by elderly drivers," he said. "It's sad because these accidents are often the result of innocent mistakes. However, even innocent mistakes behind the wheel can lead to serious injury."
Mr. Fohrman said that the study should be beneficial for everyone. He said, "Hopefully, we learn more about how new safety technology can help elderly drivers stay behind the wheel in a low-risk manner. It's important that the elderly have their freedom and independence. However, that can't come at the expense of other drivers' safety."