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Collisions Caused By Senior Drivers

Settlements & Verdicts for Victims of Car Accidents Caused By Elderly Drivers

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Davis Law Group frequently handles car accident claims that involve senior citizens. With almost equal regularity our attorneys have represented people who have been injured in an accident that was caused by an elderly driver andfaultless senior citizen accident victims who were seriously injured in a collisions.

This is why we carefully evaluate all of our cases on an individual basis  We will battle for your compensation and ensure the older victim will receive care. We will vigorously fight just as hard to make sure that the victim of an elderly driver-caused accident is fairly compensated for their injuries. 

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident our legal staff is here to help you better understand your legal rights so you can start your journey to justice.  Call Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 or use the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

News: Attorney Chris Davis Discusses Senior-Citizen-Caused Accidents

As a prominent personal injury lawyer with experience in handling accidents caused by senior citizens, attorney Chris Davis' has been asked by local media to discuss legal issues related to elderly drivers.

Senior Citizen Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

In 2015, there were over 40 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. This is a 50% increase from data collected in 1999.

In 2014, over 5,700 elderly drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes. An estimated 236,000 elderly drivers sustained injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatment due to motor vehicle crashes.

In 2015, elderly drivers were responsible for 18% of traffic fatalities in the United States. They accounted for 8% of fatal crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.

Involvement in fatal crashes per mile travelled begins to increase in the 70-74 year old age group. It peaks in the age group of drivers who are 85 and older. Older drivers are more likely to die in crashes that younger drivers might survive, since they are more prone to severe muscle and bone injuries as well as medical complications such as infections.

A Carnegie Mellon University study in 2011 found that the fatality rate for drivers over 85 (the highest risk category) is four times higher than the fatality rate for teenager drivers.

In a 2009 study, researchers found that in fatal crashes involving elderly drivers, 12% of the victims were passengers in the elderly driver’s vehicle and 28% were other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists.

In addition to age-related declines in vision, older drivers are more likely to suffer from decreased cognitive function that impairs their ability to drive safely. 75% of senior drivers report using at least one medication regularly, but only 1/3 of those drivers were aware of potential side effects such as drowsiness or decreased judgement.

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Fascinating Facts About Senior Citizen Drivers

Senior citizens are more likely to suffer serious injuries from a crash due to increased frailty. Because of this many senior citizens drivers drive more cautiously than younger drivers. Despite this elderly drivers are more likely to be found at-fault when involved in car crashes (statistical evidence shows that older drivers regularly experience pedal confusion).  

Any person who has been involved in a serious automobile collision with a senior driver should consider working with a reputable car accident attorney to:

  • Help the injured manage their claim and receive a fair settlement;
  • Assist injured senior citizens who were not at fault for their collision avoid having the insurance companies try to unfairly blame them for the accident; or
  • Support injured seniors in their pursuit of fair compensation for injuries that have impacted their quality of life during what should be their relaxing, golden, retirement years. 

Too Old To Drive?

The question “how old is too old to drive?" is controversial, but drivers over 65 have more accidents per mile than any group except teenage drivers. Driving skills can decay with age. Which indicates that driving skills may start to decline for some people who are classified as senior citizens.  While many elderly limit their driving, adult children often play a role in monitoring their parents and helping them determine when it may be time to stop driving. 

Determining the right age to stop driving is a challenging, taxing decision-- individual skills and abilities vary so widely no matter what their age. The Washington State Department of Licensing encourages people over the age of 55 to consider taking a collision prevention course in order to learn about age-related physical changes that can effect driving and to get a general reminder of the rules of the road. After completing a collision prevention course participants are issued a certificate. Many senior citizens are unaware of the fact that some insurance companies offer a discount for older drivers who have completed such courses and can present a certificate of completion.

References

"Age and Driving: Safety Tips and Warning Signs for Older Drivers." HelpGuide.org. HelpGuide.org, n.d. Web.

Davis, Robert, and Anthony DeBarros. "Older, Dangerous Drivers a Growing Problem." USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 02 May 2007. Web.

"Motor Vehicle Safety." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 07 Apr. 2017. Web.

"Older Drivers And Motor Vehicle Accidents." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. 

"Older Drivers." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, n.d. Web.

"Older Drivers." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web.

"Senior Citizen Driving Facts & Research." AAA Senior Driving. American Automobile Association (AAA), n.d. Web.

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