Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Re: Rider down Stony Plain Alberta
Generally in the US its the states DMV that has that authority- and mistakes and convictions reported by officers-courts can in at least some places trigger an evaluation by the DMV. Also, license renewal intervals for old folks have been shortened in some states- though those renewals tend to include only an eye exam and, sometimes, a short test on the basics of signs and laws. No on road evaluation in places I know of but perhaps someplace?
My own mothers driving skills diminished greatly starting in her early 80s. She pretty much lost the ability to judge the physical size of her car so it seemed to acquire small scrapes and bumps which she could never remember happening. She figured out for herself that she needed to restrict her driving so she kept only to local slow roads she knew well and greatly reduced her mileage. Had she lived beyond the 88 years she did, there is little doubt she would have had to quit or her children would have had to do it for her.
I expect in our northern neighbor that were her native language French it would have been immediately known so I gather she is some type of immigrant. Folks from south of the US and parts of Asia are not exactly accustomed to North American style traffic laws, not having ridden with them since birth like we do.
Spent some time in Dalien, China years ago. Huge city without even 1 traffic light at the time. 50 mph traffic in town anyway, takes some getting used to. You don't want to know how much higher their fatality rates are than here.
Best wishes for a full recovery which I expect is highly likely though it may be slower than wished for (at least younger folks have the advantage of much faster healing). These days the bone docs are pretty good and have a lot of tools at their disposal- all the way from reinforcing bits to bone-specific drugs. The PT may be a nuisance but will be key when he gets to that point. Remember that the body is a symmetric device and compensations it makes trying to restore symmetry can cause their own set of (in this case back or hip) problems years later. I've seen PT folks forget this basic principle- don't let him.
As far as legal actions go, got no idea what happens up north but here, even when you win, the whole system is really for the benefit of the lawyers and judge, and its mostly coincidental if victims benefit. Its also highly skewed to those with the resources and time to play in that arena (and by luck I fit that category). Having BTDT a few times (and always "won"), I'd suggest avoiding emotional investment in the legal process, simply try to at least break even financially and get on with the rest of life ASAP, its too short to waste on unpleasantness.
Last edited by racer7; Oct 19th, 2013 at 10:47 am.