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Autonomous vehicle technology may help older drivers

Older drivers in Texas have a higher risk of being injured in auto accidents than younger drivers. As people age, they may become more confused while driving in busy areas, and physical impairment could limit an older driver's range of motion. Older motorists are also more likely to be seriously injured in car accidents than younger drivers.

Some of the new autonomous driving technology that is being developed could help to prevent the kinds of car accidents that are caused by older drivers. Robotic braking systems and blind-spot warning systems are a couple of the technologies that are expected to become standard vehicle features over the next few years. As cars become smarter, older drivers who would otherwise have to stop driving may be able to stay behind the wheel.

One research scientist said that technology that prevents car accidents will help tomorrow's senior citizens. This year, the oldest Baby Boomers will be celebrating their 70th birthdays, and many of them will be driving. U.S. Census data shows that there will be almost 54 million people over the age of 70 in 2030, and current trends indicate that around 80 percent of those seniors will have their driver's licenses.

A car accident victim who was injured in a wreck can sue the at-fault driver for compensation. Even if the other driver was not impaired by alcohol or distracted by a cell phone, that individual could be held liable for an accident he or she caused by disobeying traffic laws. An attorney may be able to represent a car accident victim in a claim against the at-fault party.

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