Driving gives people a sense of freedom, something that is valuable to most elderly Americans. However, as our bodies age, our reflexes slow down and our sense process things differently. There may come a time when it is necessary for people to stop driving. Unfortunately, accidents often occur that are the fault of elderly drivers.
At the Simpson Law Group, we recognize that this is a sensitive topic for many people to discuss, but if you have been injured due to the actions of an elderly driver, you may need legal assistance. Our team will investigate the crash and work to secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a San Diego elderly driver accident attorney, contact us today.
The topic of whether or not elderly people should be driving is fraught with controversy. Rightfully so, many elderly Americans are perfectly capable of driving, which is why the topic of age restrictions for driving have never gotten off the ground.
Is there an age when people should hand their licenses in?
Everyone ages differently, though there is no denying that we go through changes as we get older. These changes can be in:
Again, not everyone experiences these in the same way and everyone’s situation should be evaluated separately with their families and primary care physicians.
There are also many medical conditions, most of which occur in the elderly population, which may prevent people from operating a motor vehicle. This can include, but is not limited to:
As people get older, they are more likely to be prescribed medications. Many medications, especially used in combination, can cause drowsiness, slowed reactions, and more. There are even some medical conditions which require healthcare professionals to make a report to the state DMV.
As lifespans increase, these are the kinds of discussions we are going to have to have. Nobody wants to give up their freedom, but certain precautions may need to be made for the safety of everyone on the roadway. For the latest reporting year in California, there were more than 278,000 vehicle crash injuries.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident that was caused by an elderly driver, you should consider seeking legal assistance.
Did the driver have medical conditions that should have prevented them from driving?
Did their age play a part in the conditions leading to the accident?
At the Simpson Law Group, we will look at the entire situation so we can work toward securing compensation you need. This can include coverage of your medical expenses as well as other hidden costs like lost income and loss of enjoyment of life damages. When you need a San Diego elderly driver accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-236-9696 for a free consultation.
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