For many senior citizens, driving is a way of practicing independence, and it may be the only way they can get groceries, pick up medication, or get to a store. But as people age, the tasks that they normally take for granted can sometimes become more difficult. This is due to slower reflexes, problems with hearing and seeing, and changes in alertness. All of these changes can make driving more difficult and dangerous for the elderly.
Are Elderly Drivers Safe on the Road?
With age comes the greater chance that an elderly person will be involved in some type of car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 6,000 people were killed in car accidents involving a driver over 65 in 2012. In the next 20 years, it’s estimated that the number of drivers 70 or older will triple. Additionally, road safety analysts predict that by 2030, these drivers will be responsible for approximately 25 percent of fatal car accidents.
Negligence in Accidents Caused by Elderly Drivers
Most car accidents involving an elderly person are caused by driver negligence, and if you want to take your case to court, you need to prove that negligence. If you suffered injuries after a crash with an elderly driver, you prove negligence the way you do with any driver:
- Establishing that the driver has a duty to exercise care
- The driver breached this duty
- This caused you (the victim) to sustain injuries
- You (the victim) have suffered real injuries and damages
We Can Help
If you’re involved in a car accident and the negligent driver was a senior citizen, call Duffy & Feemster at 888-707-1197 for a free consultation. We’re prepared to help you pursue damages and receive the compensation you deserve.