While discussing issues regarding the elderly can be sensitive, it is important to address safety concerns regarding elderly drivers. As we age, it is common for our hearing, sight and other senses to diminish, making us less capable of safely operating a vehicle. And when an elderly driver who is unfit to drive causes an accident, they should be held accountable. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by an elderly driver, contact a Tampa auto accident lawyer at the Capaz Law Firm. We can help you seek the compensation from the insurance company you need to recover from your injuries.
In Florida, drivers who are 80 and older are required to submit to and pass a vision test in order to renew their license. Measures like this are meant to improve safety on the road. However, there are many other factors that affect the physical and cognitive abilities of elderly drivers that often go unchecked. Slower reaction times and the use of certain medications, for example, are often associated with elderly drivers and could lead to unnecessary accidents.
There are also emotional issues surrounding the way we address concerns about elderly drivers. Often, loved ones do not want to take away driving privileges from an elderly relative. Additionally, the elderly themselves may not realize that they are unfit to drive, or may have a hard time with the idea of losing their independence. This is especially problematic when they have no alternate form of transpiration. However, this does not excuse an unfit driver from putting others at risk. Elderly drivers who cause accidents must be held accountable and those who are injured must be compensated.
If you’ve been injured by an elderly driver, contact a Tampa auto accident lawyer at the Capaz Law Firm. Whether you were injured in a vehicle or as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist, an experienced auto accident lawyer can investigate your case to determine who was at fault for the accident and what damages you might be owed. If the other driver was careless or negligent, we can seek compensation to cover the cost of your injuries including past and future medical bills, lost and future wages, property damage and more. We will do everything we can to help you recover after an accident. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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