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CA injury lawyerBetween day care, school, and recreational activities, children spend a good portion of their time with mom and dad in the car during the week. Keeping them happy and occupied while traveling busy roads or sitting in traffic is often a goal, but the bigger concern is keeping them safe from the threat of car accidents. In light of the spike in fatal motor vehicle crashes in San Jose over the course of 2019 and a recent tragedy involving an eight-year-old boy, we want you to be aware of the steps needed to protect them.

San Jose Car Accident Claims Young Victim

A recent car accident in San Jose left several people injured and claimed the life of a young boy. The crash happened at 4:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening on Senter Road. A man was driving his two children, aged eight and nine, in a 2018 Honda CRV when he rear-ended a 2019 Tesla in front of him. The force of the collision caused the Honda to veer out of control. It swerved into oncoming traffic and eventually hit a utility pool.

Police say the children and both drivers were taken to local hospitals, but the eight-year-old suffered the most severe injuries. Tragically, he passed away several days later, making him the 36th traffic fatality in San Jose this year. Investigators have still not released any additional details about the crash or what the causes might have been.

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CA crash lawyerSerious injuries can happen in even a minor car accident. In the aftermath, there is the rush of dealing with police, other drivers, and medical providers responsible for your treatment. At first, it may be hard to comprehend what actually occurred. In time, you could find that thoughts of the crash come up when you least expect them, such as at work or when you are trying to sleep. You may also find yourself relieving the sensation of impact or obsessing over the threat that another crash will occur. As experienced car accident attorneys in San Jose, we frequently see these types of trauma symptoms in clients we represent. It is important to be aware of the emotional impacts collisions can have on you and the types of compensation you may be entitled to as a result.

Car Accidents and Post Traumatic Stress

As car accidents are unexpected, violent events, it is natural to feel somewhat in shock afterwards. Particularly if you or your passengers suffer injuries as a result, it is understandable for it to take some time to recover emotionally. However, there are an unfortunate number of cases where the shock, sadness, and anxiety you feel over a crash only seems to intensify with time.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, post-traumatic stress is something that many car accident victims end up suffering from. It involves intrusive thoughts, emotional disturbances, and the feeling that you are reliving the accident over and over. Common symptoms include:

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CA injury lawyerIn addition to being a time people catch up on personal tasks and household chores, weekends are often spent relaxing with family or friends and taking in local activities. With all this activity, people throughout the Bay Area expect to encounter traffic on the roads. What they may not be aware of is how much this can end up increasing their motor vehicle accident risks. In the aftermath of a particularly deadly weekend for San Jose and other area residents, we want you to be aware of the risks and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others on the road.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Contribute to Deadly Weekend in San Jose

A recent weekend in the Bay Area proved to be particularly dangerous in terms of car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. Eight people were killed and numerous others were injured in collisions that occurred between Friday, September 13, 2019, and Sunday, September 15. Among the victims include:

  • A San Jose car accident victim, killed in a crash on the Capitol Expressway on-ramp to northbound Interstate 680
  • A Berkeley bicyclist who was killed near the Ashby Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 8
  • A Felton woman killed in a single-car crash on Felton Empire Road
  • A San Francisco motorcyclist who was killed after going over the rail on a connector to northbound Highway 101
  • An Oakland pedestrian who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident at the corner of Foothill and Cole

While there were likely several factors involved in each of these crashes, the reckless actions of other motorists on the road likely played a role.

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CA injury lawyerThe primary goal of law enforcement officials is to protect public safety and prevent crimes from occurring. When an alleged incident occurs, Bay Area police are aggressive in their efforts at apprehending suspects. Unfortunately, this can create dangers for innocent passersby. One of the riskiest maneuvers involves high-speed police chases. While most are not as dramatic as those that appear on television shows and in movies, they do happen on a regular basis. A recent pursuit-related car accident in San Jose highlights the potential risks these crashes pose for officers as well as other drivers on the road.

Two Officers Injured in Car Accident While in Pursuit of Suspect

A recent police pursuit in San Jose left two California Highway Patrol officers injured. The accident occurred just after midnight on Interstate 880 in San Jose on August 2, 2019. The officers were in pursuit of a speeding driver approaching the area of I-280 when they lost control of their vehicle. Their police car rolled over at least once and the airbags deployed but the officers were reported to have suffered only minor injuries. The suspect involved was not injured, did not stop at the crash site, and was never apprehended. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Apprehending drivers for traffic violations is just one of many reasons high-speed chases can occur. Alleged suspects attempt to flee crimes on a regular basis and a car chase may be required to apprehend them. San Jose Police Department Duty Manual outlines the regulations that are in place to guide officers in these situations. Major considerations in pursuing a car chase include:

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CA injury lawyerAs summer winds down, Labor Day provides the opportunity for one last cookout or visit to the beach before everyone’s attitude focuses on the approaching fall season. Unfortunately, as with any holiday, alcohol often goes hand in hand with various festivities. To reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents and the serious, potentially life-threatening injuries that can result, local, state, and national officials were more aggressive in their efforts at getting these drivers off the road.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new campaign designed to help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. They have spent years appealing to drivers through public information outreach efforts and informing them of the dangerous impacts any amount of alcohol can have on driving abilities. In their ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, they take a different approach.

Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving accidents. This year, the NHTSA joined efforts with other traffic safety officials and tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the country in an aggressive attempt to apprehend offenders before accidents occur. From mid-August through the beginning of September, the campaign focused attention on three distinct areas:

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CA accident lawyerCar accidents generally occur due to reckless driving on the part of other motorists. Failure to follow traffic rules and regulations puts everyone at risk and one of the most dangerous driving behaviors is running red lights. To raise awareness, a national group has designated the first full week in August as National Stop On Red Week. The following highlights what you need to know to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

National Stop on Red Week

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is partnering with local and federal traffic safety agencies in sponsoring Stop on Red Week August 5 through 11, 2019. The goal is to educate the public about the dangers of red-light running and how it most commonly occurs. Disregarding red lights and other traffic signals may be something you associate with drivers who routinely flaunt the law and public safety. The fact is red-light running is a common behavior among those who are otherwise safe and law-abiding drivers.

How many times have you approached an intersection when the light was yellow and stepped on the gas to catch it before it changed to red? According to the NCSR, roughly half of all drivers admit to doing this and one in four do so on a regular basis. Running a yellow light or going through as it turns red is often just as dangerous and likely to result in a car accident. Other important facts about red-light running include:

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CA accident lawyerCar accidents generally occur due to reckless driving on the part of other motorists. Failure to follow traffic rules and regulations puts everyone at risk and one of the most dangerous driving behaviors is running red lights. To raise awareness, a national group has designated the first full week in August as National Stop On Red Week. The following highlights what you need to know to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

National Stop on Red Week

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is partnering with local and federal traffic safety agencies in sponsoring Stop on Red Week August 5 through 11, 2019. The goal is to educate the public about the dangers of red-light running and how it most commonly occurs. Disregarding red lights and other traffic signals may be something you associate with drivers who routinely flaunt the law and public safety. The fact is red-light running is a common behavior among those who are otherwise safe and law-abiding drivers.

How many times have you approached an intersection when the light was yellow and stepped on the gas to catch it before it changed to red? According to the NCSR, roughly half of all drivers admit to doing this and one in four do so on a regular basis. Running a yellow light or going through as it turns red is often just as dangerous and likely to result in a car accident. Other important facts about red-light running include:

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CA injury lawyerSport utility vehicles (SUVs) were once associated with ‘soccer moms’ and criticized for being gas guzzlers. Today, the industry has redesigned these vehicles to be more appealing to a larger number of people. Many now offer greater fuel efficiency, smaller overall design, and features such as automatic sliding doors, removable seats, and four-wheel drive capabilities. This makes them a popular choice among families as well as carpoolers and people who use them for hauling objects or taking on camping trips. Unfortunately, the convenience SUVs offer comes at a cost in terms of safety. Despite new advances, rollovers continue to be a problem. These types of car accidents can end up causing serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. The following highlights a recent rollover accident in the Bay Area and some of the common reasons why these accidents occur.

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured by Rollover Accident in San Jose

A rollover accident that recently occurred on State Highway 87 in San Jose has left one person dead and another suffering severe injuries. A call came into police that an SUV had overturned near Taylor Street off-ramp. Investigators report the driver was headed north when he encountered traffic. He swerved to avoid crashing into other vehicles and hit a sound wall at the interchange instead. The SUV he was driving rolled over as a result.

There were as many as five people in the vehicle. A male passenger was reportedly killed in the crash, while a woman was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. The driver and other passengers were unharmed. There is no word yet on the contributing factors or whether the driver will face any criminal charges.

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CA injury lawyerSport utility vehicles (SUVs) were once associated with ‘soccer moms’ and criticized for being gas guzzlers. Today, the industry has redesigned these vehicles to be more appealing to a larger number of people. Many now offer greater fuel efficiency, smaller overall design, and features such as automatic sliding doors, removable seats, and four-wheel drive capabilities. This makes them a popular choice among families as well as carpoolers and people who use them for hauling objects or taking on camping trips. Unfortunately, the convenience SUVs offer comes at a cost in terms of safety. Despite new advances, rollovers continue to be a problem. These types of car accidents can end up causing serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. The following highlights a recent rollover accident in the Bay Area and some of the common reasons why these accidents occur.

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured by Rollover Accident in San Jose

A rollover accident that recently occurred on State Highway 87 in San Jose has left one person dead and another suffering severe injuries. A call came into police that an SUV had overturned near Taylor Street off-ramp. Investigators report the driver was headed north when he encountered traffic. He swerved to avoid crashing into other vehicles and hit a sound wall at the interchange instead. The SUV he was driving rolled over as a result.

There were as many as five people in the vehicle. A male passenger was reportedly killed in the crash, while a woman was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. The driver and other passengers were unharmed. There is no word yet on the contributing factors or whether the driver will face any criminal charges.

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CA injury lawyerSummertime is typically when people head out on the road for day trips, long weekends, and extended vacations. It is also the time of year when car accidents and injuries are most likely to occur. A nationwide program known as ‘The 100 Deadliest Days’ aims at raising awareness of dangerous driving behaviors among teens, but it also offers tips adult drivers need to follow to protect themselves and others on the road.

Summer Among Most Dangerous Time of Year for Car Accidents

Summer is one of the most dangerous times of year in terms of serious and potentially life-threatening car accidents. Each year, thousands of people are killed between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Part of the problem is in the general increase in motorists. In addition to people traveling on outings and vacations, with school being out for the season there are also more inexperienced teenage drivers on the road.

Anytime there is an increase in traffic, the odds for potentially fatal car accident injuries are higher as well. More cars mean more chances for collisions and greater impacts. Among the most common types of behaviors that contribute to car crashes at this time of year include:

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CA injury lawyerSummertime is typically when people head out on the road for day trips, long weekends, and extended vacations. It is also the time of year when car accidents and injuries are most likely to occur. A nationwide program known as ‘The 100 Deadliest Days’ aims at raising awareness of dangerous driving behaviors among teens, but it also offers tips adult drivers need to follow to protect themselves and others on the road.

Summer Among Most Dangerous Time of Year for Car Accidents

Summer is one of the most dangerous times of year in terms of serious and potentially life-threatening car accidents. Each year, thousands of people are killed between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Part of the problem is in the general increase in motorists. In addition to people traveling on outings and vacations, with school being out for the season there are also more inexperienced teenage drivers on the road.

Anytime there is an increase in traffic, the odds for potentially fatal car accident injuries are higher as well. More cars mean more chances for collisions and greater impacts. Among the most common types of behaviors that contribute to car crashes at this time of year include:

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CA injury lawyerIn the Bay Area, summertime often means succumbing to the urge to take a road trip. Whether you plan on heading cross-country for an extended vacation or visiting one of the many destinations that are within just a few hours of San Jose, you need to make safety your number one priority. To reduce your risks of car accidents and injuries, expect plenty of traffic as others head out on their own adventures, avoid reckless driving behaviors, and make sure your vehicle is up for the journey before you go.

Making Sure Your Car Is Road Ready

Automotive problems are an unfortunately common occurrence on extended road trips. They can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and endanger you in traffic. They can also leave you stranded on the side of the road, where you are at risk of being hit by other motorists.

Many potentially dangerous mechanical issues can be avoided by performing routine maintenance on your car before you go. The American Automobile Association (AAA) advises that a thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic is always a good idea, but there are some automotive issues you can easily address on your own. These include:

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CA injury lawyerIn the Bay Area, summertime often means succumbing to the urge to take a road trip. Whether you plan on heading cross-country for an extended vacation or visiting one of the many destinations that are within just a few hours of San Jose, you need to make safety your number one priority. To reduce your risks of car accidents and injuries, expect plenty of traffic as others head out on their own adventures, avoid reckless driving behaviors, and make sure your vehicle is up for the journey before you go.

Making Sure Your Car Is Road Ready

Automotive problems are an unfortunately common occurrence on extended road trips. They can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and endanger you in traffic. They can also leave you stranded on the side of the road, where you are at risk of being hit by other motorists.

Many potentially dangerous mechanical issues can be avoided by performing routine maintenance on your car before you go. The American Automobile Association (AAA) advises that a thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic is always a good idea, but there are some automotive issues you can easily address on your own. These include:

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CA injury lawyerThere are many people who deal daily with the devastating effects of chronic illnesses and diseases. Even if these do not affect someone’s ability to work or enjoy other activities, it can impact their driving skills. Driving with certain types of medical conditions or under the influence of medications can increase the risk of car accidents and injuries. A recent fatal crash in San Jose highlights the potential dangers.

Medical Conditions Caused Fatal Rear End Accident

A rear end collision in Santa Clara claimed the life of a San Jose man. The man was stopped at the intersection of southbound Scott Boulevard at Jay Street just before 9:30 a.m. on a recent Friday morning when he was struck by a driver in a GMC Acadia from behind. The force of the impact caused extensive damage to the victim's vehicle and pushed him into the intersection. While he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, his injuries ended up proving fatal.

The GMC driver and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital as well and treated for only minor injuries. Police are still investigating the matter but they claim that an undefined medical emergency suffered by the GMC driver was to blame for the crash.

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CA injury lawyerThere are many people who deal daily with the devastating effects of chronic illnesses and diseases. Even if these do not affect someone’s ability to work or enjoy other activities, it can impact their driving skills. Driving with certain types of medical conditions or under the influence of medications can increase the risk of car accidents and injuries. A recent fatal crash in San Jose highlights the potential dangers.

Medical Conditions Caused Fatal Rear End Accident

A rear end collision in Santa Clara claimed the life of a San Jose man. The man was stopped at the intersection of southbound Scott Boulevard at Jay Street just before 9:30 a.m. on a recent Friday morning when he was struck by a driver in a GMC Acadia from behind. The force of the impact caused extensive damage to the victim's vehicle and pushed him into the intersection. While he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, his injuries ended up proving fatal.

The GMC driver and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital as well and treated for only minor injuries. Police are still investigating the matter but they claim that an undefined medical emergency suffered by the GMC driver was to blame for the crash.

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CA injury lawyerFor most parents, helping their teenager get a driver’s license is a major rite of passage. The ability to drive themselves places eliminates the need for mom and dad to act as chauffeur and opens doors for jobs, school-related events, and other opportunities. However, simply passing their exam does not guarantee that your son or daughter will be a safe driver. Teens face significant risks for car accidents and injuries. Particularly during the spring and summer months, when more teens are likely to be on the roads, it is important to discuss with them the dangers they could face.

Teen Car Accidents in California

While teenagers may be legally licensed to operate a motor vehicle, they generally lack the experience and maturity that older drivers possess. As a result, their risks for car accidents and injuries is significantly higher. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), teens are three times more likely to be involved in a crash or collision than drivers in other age groups. Among the various factors that contribute to teen car accidents include:

  • Inability to detect common hazards: As a result of their age and inexperience, they are more likely to ignore common hazards such as heavy traffic, adverse weather, and dangerous road conditions.
  • Poor judgment: A lack of judgment and foresight in considering the consequences of their actions can cause them to engage in dangerous driving behaviors. This includes racing other vehicles, a common problem in San Jose.
  • Increased risk of distraction: Teenagers are easily distracted by the outside environment (other cars and scenery) as well as things going on in the vehicle. Talking on cell phones, taking photos, changing radio stations, and even talking to other passengers all increase car accident risks.
  • Lack of skill: Due to their lack of experience behind the wheel, teens do not always respond properly to emergency situations. Sudden stops, sharp turns in the road, and unexpected events can all present significant dangers.

Teaching Teens to Be Responsible Drivers

Aside from inexperience, the DMV reports that reckless driving behaviors are a major contributing factor in the majority of teen car accidents. Among the most common violations include:

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CA injury lawyerFor most parents, helping their teenager get a driver’s license is a major rite of passage. The ability to drive themselves places eliminates the need for mom and dad to act as chauffeur and opens doors for jobs, school-related events, and other opportunities. However, simply passing their exam does not guarantee that your son or daughter will be a safe driver. Teens face significant risks for car accidents and injuries. Particularly during the spring and summer months, when more teens are likely to be on the roads, it is important to discuss with them the dangers they could face.

Teen Car Accidents in California

While teenagers may be legally licensed to operate a motor vehicle, they generally lack the experience and maturity that older drivers possess. As a result, their risks for car accidents and injuries is significantly higher. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), teens are three times more likely to be involved in a crash or collision than drivers in other age groups. Among the various factors that contribute to teen car accidents include:

  • Inability to detect common hazards: As a result of their age and inexperience, they are more likely to ignore common hazards such as heavy traffic, adverse weather, and dangerous road conditions.
  • Poor judgment: A lack of judgment and foresight in considering the consequences of their actions can cause them to engage in dangerous driving behaviors. This includes racing other vehicles, a common problem in San Jose.
  • Increased risk of distraction: Teenagers are easily distracted by the outside environment (other cars and scenery) as well as things going on in the vehicle. Talking on cell phones, taking photos, changing radio stations, and even talking to other passengers all increase car accident risks.
  • Lack of skill: Due to their lack of experience behind the wheel, teens do not always respond properly to emergency situations. Sudden stops, sharp turns in the road, and unexpected events can all present significant dangers.

Teaching Teens to Be Responsible Drivers

Aside from inexperience, the DMV reports that reckless driving behaviors are a major contributing factor in the majority of teen car accidents. Among the most common violations include:

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CA injury lawyerAs self-driving vehicles become more commonplace, researchers, designers, manufacturers, and others in the automotive field continue to conduct safety testing while working towards practical innovations. The primary concern is reducing the potential for malfunctions that could result in car accidents and injuries. While one company points out the fallibility of autopilot features, another group of engineers is busy working on protecting riders who find themselves in trouble while on the road.

Researchers Set Out to Trick Tesla Autopilot Features

Tesla is at the forefront of the push towards self-driving vehicles. The company’s Enhanced Autopilot program has been heralded by those in the industry for driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control, lane centering, lane changing, and parking. However, a group of researchers recently set out to purposely ‘trick’ the Tesla into making what could be potentially fatal errors for riders in the vehicle.

Keen Security Labs revealed it was able to hack into Tesla’s autopilot feature and effectively gain control over the steering system. As a result, they could mislead the vehicle into entering the wrong lanes of traffic through the use of stickers placed on the ground at intersections. This fooled the Enhanced Autopilot system into thinking the stickers were actually an extension of the lane.

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CA injury lawyerAs self-driving vehicles become more commonplace, researchers, designers, manufacturers, and others in the automotive field continue to conduct safety testing while working towards practical innovations. The primary concern is reducing the potential for malfunctions that could result in car accidents and injuries. While one company points out the fallibility of autopilot features, another group of engineers is busy working on protecting riders who find themselves in trouble while on the road.

Researchers Set Out to Trick Tesla Autopilot Features

Tesla is at the forefront of the push towards self-driving vehicles. The company’s Enhanced Autopilot program has been heralded by those in the industry for driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control, lane centering, lane changing, and parking. However, a group of researchers recently set out to purposely ‘trick’ the Tesla into making what could be potentially fatal errors for riders in the vehicle.

Keen Security Labs revealed it was able to hack into Tesla’s autopilot feature and effectively gain control over the steering system. As a result, they could mislead the vehicle into entering the wrong lanes of traffic through the use of stickers placed on the ground at intersections. This fooled the Enhanced Autopilot system into thinking the stickers were actually an extension of the lane.

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CA injury lawyerMost of us have older adults in our lives who are either friends or family members. While many of them are still independent despite advanced years, it is natural to worry about their health and their overall safety. They are likely to require at least some assistance in completing certain types of tasks, though they may be reluctant to admit it or to ask for it. Getting to and from doctor’s appointments or running errands are among the many areas in which you can help. Driving requires a complex set of skills and as you get older, many of these tend to decline. Helping with these tasks can protect the older adults you love against car accidents and injuries, while also protecting other drivers on the road.

How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

There is no set age at which someone is ‘too old’ to drive. Instead, driving ability typically depends more on the individual’s overall health, any underlying medical conditions they suffer from, and the various mind and body changes that typically occur as we age. Common dangers that can put older drivers at risk behind the wheel include:

  • Certain types of medications they may be taking, which can cause drowsiness or confusion;
  • Vision disturbances, which can affect their depth perception and make it harder to see the road;
  • Hearing loss, which can leave them oblivious to signs of an impending crash, such as the sound of a car horn or screeching tires;
  • Delayed reaction times, which can prevent them from responding to sudden changes in traffic conditions;
  • Muscle weakness and poor coordination, which can make it harder to turn the steering wheel and operate the brakes; and
  • Decreased cognitive abilities, which can impact judgment, increasing the risk of mistakes resulting in car accidents.

Helping Older Drivers

If you have concerns about an older adult driver, it is important to bring the subject up in a way that is non-threatening. Be cautious of putting them on the defensive or implying they are no longer fit to drive. Instead, steer them toward the AAA’s driver self-rating tool and allow them to draw their own conclusions.

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