While older drivers have much more experience than other people on the road, they do experience some issues that lead to slower reaction times, as well as other age-related impairments that contribute to more accidents. It is important for drivers to regularly evaluate whether or not it is safe for them to continue to drive. If they fail to act in a reasonable manner and cause a car accident, then it is necessary to hold them accountable for the harm that they caused.
There are many different types of negligence that lead to car accidents. When a person chooses to drive when he no longer is capable of operating the vehicle in a safe manner, then he should be forced to compensate the victim for the harm that he caused. The skilled and tenacious Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing and pursuing cases against those whose negligence led to harm.
There are a number of reasons why older drivers have require unique analysis when there is a car accident, including:
• Age-related ailments – there are many different conditions associated with aging that can lead to an increased rate of accidents, including poor vision, hearing impairment, and muscle deterioration that decreases reaction times. A driver who is aging may also suffer from cognitive impairment, which affects the ability to process information, pay attention to the potential dangers on the road, and react appropriately;
• Increasing drivers over the age of 65 – the baby boomer population and improvements in health care mean that there are many more older residents in South Florida, increasing the overall percentage that they comprise of the drivers on the road; and
• Older drivers limit their miles on the road – these drivers tend to avoid driving at night or in bad weather. This may indicate that they know they cannot handle many of the challenges on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies mature drivers as those 65 years of age and older. By the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be 40 million drivers on the road in the United States. Studies have shown that as a person ages, the risk of getting into a serious accident increases, with drivers who are over the age of 85 years being four times as likely to die in a car crash as drivers who are between 55 and 64 years of age.
Aging drivers face many different conflicts. Making the decision to stop driving often represents the loss of mobility and independence. This may be enough motivation for a person to continue driving long after it is safe to do so. However, other older drivers may lose confidence in their ability to drive and may choose to give up their license as soon as they start to realize a decrease in ability.
There are many programs that are focused on providing options to older drivers. These campaigns help drivers learn about the signs that they no longer can operate a vehicle safely. In addition, advances in automotive technology help some older drivers compensate for losses in ability.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Evaluates Cases to Develop Effective Strategies
When a person has been injured in a car accident, it is important to analyze all the different factors in order to develop the strongest case for liability. At the South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have spent more than 30 years getting the right results for our clients. Our dedication to our clients has been recognized with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. We also were voted one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.