Although getting old is a fact of life, it is still difficult. No one wants to admit he is not as sharp as he once was, and difficulty with everyday tasks can be very frustrating. Driving is one of those tasks that some people just don’t want to admit they are failing at as they age. Poor eyesight and slowed reaction time are major contributors to car accidents in the Miami, Ft Myers, and Ft Lauderdale area involving senior citizens.
One factor that experts have identified as a cause of car accidents is the age of the driver. Studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of car accidents among drivers in certain age groups. These groups include young people between the ages of 16 and 20 who are inexperienced drivers, and the elderly who are 70 years or older. The elderly have certain physiological manifestations that develop with old age that can hinder their driving ability – such as the aforementioned eyesight and reaction time.
Vision and Reaction Time
Poor vision is not only a complication of old age, but a complication of many diseases that cause vision to blur, including diabetes. Another factor that poses a problem for elderly drivers is slowed reaction time. The reflexes of an elderly person are slower than that of younger people. Slowed reaction time makes it difficult to make the split-second decisions that are necessary in preventing an auto accident.
Also, older people tire easily, making driving longer distances a challenge. This could lead to an elderly person falling asleep at the wheel, causing a serious car accident. Many elderly Americans are facing the day when their driver’s license will be taken away. Unfortunately, when an elderly person has severe limitations behind the wheel, there is no other choice. Taking away a driver’s license to someone who is used to independence is difficult, but it does help save the lives of many elderly drivers and ensures the safety of others on the road.
If you live in Miami, Fort Myers, Ft Lauderdale, or anywhere in south Florida and have suffered injuries in a car accident with an elderly driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you feel you have a valid legal claim, please contact the experienced Miami car accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, complimentary consultation.