NNNicolet Law Office, S.C.

Issues older drivers may face as they age

Young drivers may be the most high-risk group due to their inexperience, but experience alone doesn't make one a good driver. Older drivers can also become high-risk drivers as they age, and it's often wise for family members to talk to them about whether or not they should be behind the wheel.

One thing family members are told to ask is whether or not the driver has been getting lost at all, especially when driving down familiar routes. Even getting lost for a few minutes can be a sign of memory issues or cognitive issues. While not a huge deal in some cases, it could indicate that driving may no longer be wise.

Family members also need to consider health issues and medications. If someone has to be on a strong painkiller, driving could be too dangerous and perhaps illegal. A person who is at a high risk for a stroke or a heart attack may also be a risk behind the wheel, as a medical emergency on the road could lead to a deadly crash.

The vehicle itself can also be telling. One warning sign is the consistent development of new scratches or small dents on the car. While backing lightly into a rock while pulling out of the driveway may not be a "real" crash, it can show that overall skills are diminishing. Taking action early can prevent that major accident.

There are many older drivers on the roads in the United States, and they do cause preventable accidents every year. If you've been injured or a loved one has been killed in such a crash in Wisconsin, you may need to look into your rights to financial compensation.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Talking with Older Drivers about Safe Driving," accessed Sep. 09, 2016

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

  1. Rated By Super Lawyers | Russel D. Nicolet
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Personal Injury Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Bankruptcy
  2. The American Association of Legal Advocates Wisconsin Association for Justice BBB Accredited Business - A+
  3. Minnesota State Bar Association American Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin
  4. BV Distinguished | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability The National Trial Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Wisconsin Offices

Hudson Office
511 2nd Street Suite 203
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-802-0872
Hudson Law Office Map

Superior Office
1200 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

Phone: 715-802-0872
Superior Law Office Map

Duluth Office
109 North 2nd Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802

Duluth Law Office Map

Wausau Office
408 Third Street, Suite 303
Wausau, WI 54401

Wausau Law Office Map

Hibbing Office
1907 3rd Avenue East #4
Hibbing, MN 55746

Hibbing Law Office Map

Rice Lake Office
337 N. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone: 715-802-0872
Rice Lake Law Office Map

Eau Claire Office
402 Graham Ave, Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: 715-802-0872
Eau Claire Law Office Map

Woodbury Office
724 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 126
Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone: 651-243-2872
Woodbury Law Office Map

Amery Office
228 Keller Ave N., Suite 3A
Amery, WI 54001

Phone: 715-802-0872
Amery Law Office Map

New Richmond Office
1500 Madison Ave., Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

Phone: 715-802-0872
New Richmond Law Office Map

Minnesota Offices

Regional Office Map

Nicolet Law Office, S.C. helps people throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota including; Hudson, Eau Claire, Superior, Wausau, Amery, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, River Falls, Menomonie, Hayward, New Richmond, Spooner, Bloomer and Barron.

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.