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Why Atlanta’s Senior Motorists May Be at a Higher Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

As Atlanta pedestrian accident attorneys, we often come across cases involving pedestrians seriously injured in accidents caused by senior motorists.A new study conducted by Israeli researchers suggests that elder drivers may suffer from an inability to see things in their peripheral vision that prevents them from seeing pedestrians on the curb or sidewalk. This increases the likelihood of a pedestrian accident. Of course, auto accidents involving pedestrians often involve the most serious injuries.

The study came out of a spike in pedestrian accidents involving senior motorists in Israel.The researchers were looking at the specific challenges an elderly motorist faces as far as pedestrian safety is concerned.The researchers placed older motorists in a simulator, and measured their responses to vital safety signals.

They found that drivers above the age of 65 were half as likely to spot a pedestrian as younger drivers.Not only that, they also found that senior motorists were just half as likely to tap the brakes when they spotted a pedestrian on the curb or sidewalk, as younger drivers.This signifies one of two things-either these motorists don’t spot a pedestrian in time to react, or they don’t consider pedestrians a serious accident hazard.Either of these theories spells danger for any pedestrian in the path of an elderly motorist.

Previous scientific studies have focused on elderly motorists’ diminished ability to focus on objects or persons in their peripheral vision.Scientists believe that this is a natural part of aging, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to mean that older motorists are doomed to miss pedestrians or objects that fall outside their peripheral vision.For instance, there are brain games like Lumosity that older motorists can play to develop those areas of the brain that are responsible for focusing on objects in their peripheral vision.