Accidents Commonly Caused by Older Motorists

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the effects of age on a senior’s driving can result in a variety of dangerous behaviors on the road, including the following:

  • Failure to see traffic signals or signs clearly
  • Misjudging the distance between cars or the space available to pass a car
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Changing lanes abruptly or without checking mirrors and blind spots
  • Turning left at an intersection without yielding to oncoming traffic
  • Merging at slow speeds into high-speed traffic on the interstate
  • Driving too slowly or changing speeds sporadically
  • Being blinded by the sun or the lights of other vehicles

More than 50 times a day across the U.S., vehicles crash into residential, public, and commercial buildings, causing thousands of injuries and 500 deaths annually. Nearly half of such accidents involve senior drivers.

Holding Senior Drivers Accountable

Although it’s considered polite in American society to respect and defer to older people, the law holds them accountable for damages they cause by driving negligently, just as it does all other drivers. The expenses you incur as a result of your accident are the same, no matter who caused them. If the at-fault driver’s insurer encourages you to accept a low settlement offer because the negligent driver is elderly, you should not do so without consulting an attorney.

Dirk J. Derrick
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