There will always be some level of risk involved anytime you get behind the wheel and get on the road. All drivers are susceptible to all sorts of hazardous conditions on the road. However, one driving hazard that is often overlooked by motorists is the threat of elderly drivers. Many people often view the elderly as experienced drivers, which may mean they are more likely to follow the speed limit, obey traffic laws, as well as maintain other responsible driving habits.
Despite how careful elderly drivers may be perceived, the fact of the matter is that they are responsible for more severe auto accidents than most other age demographics. If you were recently the victim of a car accident due to the negligence of an elderly driver, or any other careless driver, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Friedman Schuman for more information about your case.
Why are accidents caused by elderly drivers common?
While it is certainly the case that car accidents caused by elderly drivers are far more common compared to any other age group, it is not because they are uniquely reckless drivers. Typically, collisions caused by elderly drivers are the result of health conditions that become more prevalent, or further exacerbated, with older age. This can include health issues like declining eyesight, impaired hearing, and heart complications just to name a few.
Because of this, it is not uncommon for restrictions to be placed on elderly drivers. This may mean they can only operate their vehicle if they are wearing appropriate prescription glasses or using a hearing aid. Sometimes these limitations can be even more restrictive, in which they may only be allowed to drive during daytime, or are required to have special equipment installed in their vehicle like hand-operated brakes.
Whenever an elderly driver is on the road, it is always best to steer on the side of caution. However, if you were to get into an accident due to the negligence of an elderly driver, you should do what you can to document the incident and get the medical treatment you need. If possible, try and take the following steps after an auto accident of any kind:
- Call 911.
- Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and any property involved.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Retain the services of a seasoned personal injury lawyer who can help you gather and present all documentation needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf.
As long as our team can prove that you were harmed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should qualify for financial compensation.