Unfortunately, according to a recent article in the Eastern Arizona Courier, elderly drivers are responsible for a substantial number of car wrecks. As the population of elderly drivers increases, concerns have been raised over an increased number of motor vehicle accidents.
Senior Citizens Are Responsible For A Large Number Of Severe Car Wrecks
While young drivers between the ages of 16 and 29 remain responsible for the most motor vehicle accidents per miles driven, elderly drivers are not far behind. Crash rates per miles driven begin to rise dramatically at age 70. There is also indication that elderly drivers are causing more serious accidents, as the number of fatal accidents caused by drivers 80 years old and older was greater than that of all other age groups.
There are a variety of reasons for the increased auto accident rates among elderly drivers, from potentially slowed reaction times to vision issues. However, barring traffic violations or other concerns, elderly drivers in Texas are essentially self-regulated. They decide for themselves if they should continue to drive. Some may be encouraged by family to stop driving. The only precautions the state takes are requiring in-person renewal for drivers over 79, and requiring every-other-year renewal with a vision test for those over 85.
People who have been hurt by elderly drivers and families of individuals who were killed in auto accidents caused by elderly drivers may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. At the law firm of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we have more than 25 years of experience representing victims of accidents caused by drivers of all ages.