Determining who is liable in a car accident involving an elderly driver can be a complex task. Although the elderly drive less than younger people, they have more accidents per mile. If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident involving an elderly driver, there are a few things you should know.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a car crash increases among drivers aged 70 to 74 because of how frail they can be. Elderly drivers usually have health problems that may interfere with their ability to drive safely. Health problems can include arthritis; changes in vision, hearing, reflexes, and reaction time; and impaired cognitive abilities. If they use medication for these health problems, side effects may cause drowsiness.
States and Licensing Rules
States cannot revoke a person’s license based on age alone. However, states may have additional requirements when it comes to elderly drivers. Additional requirements may include increased vision testing, as well as increased license renewal frequency.
Wrongful Death Caused by the Elderly
If an elderly person is responsible for causing a fatal car crash that involved a death, the spouse, child, or parent of the deceased individual may bring a lawsuit. States have different laws about who is permitted to sue for compensatory damages when a person is killed in a car crash. If an elderly person is killed in a car crash, their children or spouse may sue for medical and funeral expenses, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses.
Generally, a child is not held responsible for a car accident that their parent caused if the parent was driving their own car. If you feel like your parent is unfit to drive, you should act.
Compensation for Injuries
Elderly drivers are legally entitled to compensation for any injuries received, regardless of their age or health. The elderly are also entitled to compensation for time lost, although it may be less compensation than individuals who are still working. If an elderly person dies as a result of an accident, their family may receive less compensation due to the family being less likely to still be relying on them.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Victims Injured in All Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents can be a traumatizing experience for anyone, regardless of age. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-8488. Located in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we help clients throughout the surrounding areas.