In February 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its 2015 data regarding “older” drivers. The NHTSA defined “older” as individuals who had reached the age of 65 years or older. According to the information provided by the NHTSA, 6,165 older people were killed, and 240,000 older people were injured in 2015 in traffic related accidents. This represented an eight percent increase from the previous year. Older drivers made up 18 percent of the drivers in 2015, an increase of 15 percent from 2014.
As we say goodbye to 2016, it is a good time to make resolutions that will keep you and your family safe on the roads in 2017. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles each year. Why not resolve to make the time you spend in your vehicle as safe as possible. You
Eight million adults in the United States suffer from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of adults with ADHD are diagnosed and receive treatment for the disorder. New research from Sweden indicates that a person with ADHD is 50 percent more likely to be involved in a serious traffic accident compared to people without ADHD. The good news is that the study found taking medication can reduce the risk, especially for men. How Does ADHD Impact Driving? According to The National Resource on ADHD, inattentiveness, distraction, and impulsive behavior are symptoms of ADHD. Unfortunately, millions of car accidents each year are the result of the driver being inattentive, distracted, or impulsive. Even for drivers without ADHD, these issues are a problem. For a driver with ADHD, the risk of being in a car accident is significantly greater because he or she may not be able to control these behaviors, especially if the driver does not take ADHD medication.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may not know where to turn for help. The insurance adjuster for the other driver tells you that he will handle everything and you just need to worry about getting better. This is a nice sentiment; however, the insurance adjuster does not have your best interest as his top priority. He may be a wonderful person who truly does want you to recover fully from the accident, but he works for the insurance company. He must put the insurance company’s interest ahead of yours. Accepting The First Settlement Made The insurance adjuster knows that you need money now, especially if you are out of work due to your injury. Even if you are working, the medical bills are pouring in each day. Some medical providers will not wait for you to settle your insurance company to pay their bill. These medical providers harass you for payment 30 days after rendering medical service.