Two studies published recently in the Archives of Ophthalmology suggest that physicians and eye doctors may do more to prevent car crashes. As the population ages, experts predict that by 2020, 40 million drivers will be over the age of the age of 65. According to researchers, many of those drivers will eventually develop chronic conditions such as dementia, arthritis, eye problems, and other health concerns that could affect driving ability.
According to the study’s authors, eye doctors may underreport vision problems among elderly patients. The study asked eye doctors to respond to a series of questions. 87% of participating doctors stated that they would often ask about driving ability if the question was raised or if a patient fared poorly on an eye exam. Two thirds of polled doctors stated that they asked all elderly patients about driving. Over half of eye doctors stated that they were reluctant to report patients to agencies regulating driving. They were often worried about liability issues and about compromising the doctor-patient relationship. Only 36% of eye doctors reported unsafe drivers to physicians and only 28% reported unsafe drivers to rehabilitation.
According to the study’s authors, eye doctors need to take a greater role in reporting and helping unsafe drivers. The authors suggested that eye specialists always ask elderly patients about driving ability and refer patients to primary care physicians or driver rehabilitation when needed. Not only can this potentially prevent car accidents, but it can also help drivers stay behind the wheel longer. Driver rehabilitation, for example, can help qualified drivers adjust to mobility issues and vision problems.
Many Miami Gardens car accidents are caused by drivers with medical issues. Each year, people are killed because motorists cause Miami Gardens traffic accidents due to vision problems, strokes, heart attacks, and other medical situations. Having doctors reporting at-risk drivers can help prevent these accidents and can help drivers get help through driver rehabilitation to help prevent Miami Gardens truck accidents and car accidents. Some drivers may be resistant to this idea since it could get drivers banned for health conditions that have not yet caused an accident. With many drivers seeing cars as a form of freedom and independence, the decision to hang up the car keys for medical reasons is a difficult one. Support systems and more transportation options for non-drivers would potentially help with this problem.
If you have been injured in a Miami Gardens car accident, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The full-service law firm can arrange for a free, no obligation consultation so that you can discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. Your free case evaluation is a chance to find out how much your case may be worth. It is also a chance to find out about your options and your rights so that you can make the right decision about your case. The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group have already recovered more than $25 million on behalf of thousands of South Florida personal injury victims. Call today to find out what resources and legal services the Flaxman Law Group can offer you.