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Auto Accidents and Seniors: Concerns for Elderly Drivers

By Steve Charpentier on February 03, 2015

A broken windshield after an auto collisionThe lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. have helped injury victims throughout Central Florida, seeking just compensation for medical expenses and other losses. This legal representation is especially important for lawsits for severe and fatal auto accidents. A number of auto accidents involve elderly motorists, who are actually more vulnerable to injury than you may expect. Let's consider this issue in more detail right now.

Does age play a role in injuries in auto accidents?

Yes.

The older that a driver is, the more likely that he or she will experience a serious injury or fatal injury during an auto accident. If a younger motorist was involved in a similar accident, the chances of injury and/or severe injury are lower.

Why do elderly drivers run greater risk of serious injury?

This has everything to do with the natural aging process.

As people become older, they become more vulnerable and susceptible to injury. Bones may become more brittle and joints stiffer, meaning that it is easier to injure these parts of the body, often significantly. Even a relatively minor fender bender that would lead to minor injury (if any at all) could cause an elderly motorist to suffer a fracture, sprain, or other kind of issue.

Fact: Older Motorists Are Still Safer Drivers on the Whole

Even though older motorists are more likely to suffer serious injuries in auto accidents, in general, elderly drivers prove to be far safer than drivers of other age groups. There are multiple reasons for this. The most important one, we think, is that older motorists are less likely to take risks behind the wheel, such as speeding and drinking and driving. This makes a major difference when it comes to avoiding situations in which accidents may be more likely.

In addition to the above, older drivers are generally quite aware of their physical limitations and do their best to avoid situations in which those limitations may be pushed in an extreme way. Take, for example, the issue of poor vision. Older motorists are less likely to drive at night or in poor weather because of how these conditions affect visibility.

How Older Motorists Can Protect Themselves from Injury

In order to avoid major injuries from occurring, the following tips are quite helpful:

  • Continue to follow the rules of the road
  • Never drink and drive
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Avoid driving in poor light and weather conditions
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintenanced
  • Visit your eye and ear doctor regularly for checkups

Our Attorneys Are Here for You

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a serious auto accident, it's important that you get in touch with our attorneys as soon as possible. By speaking with the legal team here at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., you will receive strong legal counsel that will be crucial in your quest for just compensation. We fight diligently for our clients, and we will make sure that you have a strong team behind you going forward.

Speak with the Lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.

To learn more about your legal options following a serious auto accident, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. We at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. will fight diligently for you and your legal rights.

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