A San Diego woman who managed to live up until 91-years-of-age was recently involved in a car accident that took her life. The woman has been identified as Doris Lucille Guffin. According to Fox 5 San Diego, Guffin was heading southbound on the 6000 block of Mt. Alifan Drive when she collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Balboa Avenue and then hit a light pole.
Sadly, the impact from the vehicle hitting the light pole is what caused this accident to become a fatal one. The driver of the other vehicle, however, managed to walk away with minor bruises and scratches. Investigators were able to determine that Guffin had been traveling at an increased rate of speed and even ran a red light at the intersection of Mt. Abernathy and Balboa before hitting the pole.
Because Guffin was a senior citizen and was responsible for causing the crash to occur, that has led us to address the following question:

What steps can elderly individuals take to stay safer on the roads?

Did you know that in 2015, more than 40 billion licensed drivers were ages 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? While it is understandable that driving helps keep an older individual mobile and independent, the risk does heighten for these drivers and only continues to increase as they age. So, to help keep senior citizens stay safe and avoid sustaining a serious injury in an accident, we share some helpful tips for you below:

  1. Be sure you exercise regularly to increase your strength and flexibility.
  2. Know what side effects your medications have and whether it is safe to drive while taking them. This is something you can discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
  3. Have your eyes checked regularly, perhaps once a year, and always wear your glasses or contacts if they are required for you to see.
  4. Plan your route before you drive.
  5. Leave a large following distance behind the car in front of you.
  6. Avoid distractions in your car such as listening to a loud radio, talking on your cell phone, texting, etc.
  7. Drive when conditions are the safest. That means you might want to avoid driving during the early morning hours and late at night as these are the times when fatal accidents tend to occur. If the weather is bad, you will also want to refrain from going out and driving until the conditions have cleared up.
  8. Consider other alternatives to driving such as riding with a friend, using public transit, or another form of public transportation that can get you from point A to point B and back.

Now, if you are a senior citizen and were recently involved in a collision, it might be in your best interest to consult with a San Diego, CA accident attorney. Even if you aren’t a senior citizen and were involved in some sort of incident in the San Diego area, contact Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates today by calling 619-233-8021. These attorneys are more than qualified to get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you may have suffered as well as for the damage that has been done.

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