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By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Getting old does not automatically mean that your driving ability will decline. However, statistics suggest that older drivers are more prone to auto accidents.According to, in the next 10 years, seniors older than 65 will make up one-quarter of the driving population in the United States. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsuggests that as many as 15 adults over the age of 65 die, and 586 sustain serious injuries, on the country's roads each day.

If you were in an accident that a negligent driver caused, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow may be able to help you recover damages, including compensation for medical bills and lost wages, from the at-fault party.

Luke Dow is an Austin personal-injury attorney who can evaluate the circumstances of your crash and determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, read on to learn four safety tips for senior drivers:

1. Check Your Eyes

Many accidents with older people result from poor or deteriorating eyesight. HelpGuide.orgrecommends that older drivers check their eyes every year.

If necessary, get new corrective lenses. It may also help to keep your windshield and mirrors clean, and to turn up the brightness on your car's dashboard.

2. Check Your Hearing

Hearing is another important sense behind the wheel. If you cannot hear sirens, horns, or approaching vehicles, then you may be putting yourself at risk.

If a doctor prescribes hearing aids, make sure you wear them at all times while behind the wheel. Keep in mind that open windows or strong blasts from the air conditioner may reduce the effectiveness of your hearing aid.

3. Get Adequate Sleep

No driver is immune to fatigue. Senior motorists are particularly at risk of falling asleep or losing concentration behind the wheel.

As such, it is important that you only drive when you feel well rested. Get enough sleep the night before a long journey, and make sure you do not take any new medication that may cause drowsiness.

4. Consult a Doctor

Consult your doctor about any concerns you may have about your ability to continue driving. He or she may be able to assist you with a simple remedy to help you maintain your independence.

There are many common ailments that can be fixed with a simple prescription or procedure. For example, getting the correct eye glasses or hearing aid, or checking the side effects of your current or new medications, can make all the difference when you get behind the wheel.

If you were in an accident, regardless of your age or experience, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104. Austin personal-injury lawyer Luke Dow will evaluate your accident, structure your claim, handle settlement negotiations and litigate your case if it goes to trial.

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