Elderly Driver Related Car Accidents
Florida's population slowly is greying, and experts predict that the number of elderly drivers on the roads will only increase. While senior drivers have a lower rate of car accidents than teenage drivers, there are some concerns that elderly drivers may be at risk of car accidents due to declining mobility, health issues, and age-related vision issues.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Miami caused by an elderly driver, you will want to speak to a local attorney about your case. You may qualify to receive compensation that helps pay for the cost of your accident, including any property damage, medical costs, lost income, and other expenses. In many cases, an elderly driver's medical condition is known to be dangerous but not enough action is taken in order to help prevent an accident. In some cases, elderly drivers, their doctors, and their families are negligent in removing a driver's privileges, even when an elderly driver is no longer considered safe behind the wheel. The Flaxman Law Group legal team has more than 25 years of experience in handling personal injury as well as traffic accident cases. They have seen families torn apart by unsafe drivers and have dedicated themselves to helping victims of car accidents secure compensation.
The Hotly-Debated Issue of Elderly Driver-Related Car Accidents
The issue of elderly driver related car accidents is a controversial one. Many elderly drivers are in fact safe motorists and have excellent driving records. However, experts agree that there are certain conditions which disproportionately affect the elderly and which can affect driving ability. Issues such as dementia, strokes, heart attacks, and other serious medical issues are more likely to affect elderly drivers than young drivers. In addition, age-related macular degeneration as well as other vision problems are more likely among the elderly. Mobility issues as well as other issues are more common in seniors and can affect how safely a driver can operate a motor vehicle.
What Can be Done About Miami Elderly Driver-Related Traffic Accidents?
In many cases, elderly drivers are reluctant to self-report symptoms and issues because they fear losing their independence when they lose their driver's license. However, there many things that can be done today that can help drivers safely operate their car for a longer period of time. For example, there are safety devices and accessibility features for cars that can compensate for some vision loss and some mobility issues. In addition, driver rehabilitation services can help elderly drivers evaluate their driving skills accurately and can help drivers get assistance in compensating for illnesses and injuries so that drivers can continue to drive safely. Unfortunately, not all drivers take advantage of these options.
If you have been injured by an elderly driver in Miami, you may want to pursue a legal claim to recover damages and in order to prevent others from being injured by the same driver. Pursuing a legal claim begins by speaking with a personal injury attorney in Miami about your rights and options. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm located in the Miami area. The full-service law firm also has offices in Hollywood and Homestead to better serve the South Florida area. The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group has recovered more than $25 million on behalf of thousands of personal injury and car accident victims across South Florida. You can contact the Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options and rights.