For many elders in Florida, driving allows them the freedom and independence to get where they want to go without having to ask anyone else. If you are an elder who has been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. Alternatively, if you have been injured in an accident caused by an elder’s negligence, we can also help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys have the experience and dedication to handle your case. You can rest assured that we will vigorously advocate for your rights at every step of the way.
The reality is that elderly drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) also found that 40.1 million licensed drivers were aged 65 and older across the United States in 2015. That same year, 6,165 people age 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes. This represents approximately 18 percent of all Americans killed on the road. Furthermore, 240,000 older individuals were injured in traffic crashes in 2015.
For elder drivers, a number of factors can make it challenging to drive, such as a natural decline in vision and reaction time, which can contribute to errors behind the wheel. In Florida, drivers over the age of 80 must pass a vision test before renewing their license. The NHTSA reports that older drivers sometimes have a hard time recognizing still objects and moving objects, which can affect their perception of vehicles and pedestrians.