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Elderly Related Car Accidents

Cappetta Law Offices helps victims injured in elderly-related car accidents recover the compensation they need. We offer 24/7 service to clients throughout Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and beyond. At Cappetta Law Offices, Daniel J. Cappetta promptly answers all inquiries and personally handles your case. You pay no attorney’s fees unless Attorney Cappetta recovers compensation for you.

Facts on Aging and Driving

The number of elderly drivers is rapidly increasing with aging Baby Boomers behind the wheel. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there will be about 10 million people aged 85 and older by 2030, up 73 percent from the elder population today. We share the roads with over 30 million drivers over the age of 65. Elderly motorists make up 15 percent of all licensed drivers. Around age 65, drivers begin to face a greater risk of causing an accident. They also suffer a decreased risk of surviving a crash-related injury. All drivers should expect an increased rate of elderly-related accidents in the future. When Baby Boomers reach 65, they will be responsible for an estimated 25 percent of all fatal accidents, representing a 14 percent increase from current crash statistics.

How Aging Affects the Ability to Drive

By 65, seniors have experienced various physical changes that affect their capacity to operate a motor vehicle. By 75, these risk factors increase sharply, making them more susceptible to car accidents in general. Some characteristics of aging that explain the increased risk include:

  • Delayed reaction time
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of depth perception
  • Vision, hearing problems
  • Side effects of medication
  • Epilepsy, health impairments
  • Stiffened neck, pain turning head
  • Frailty, physical or mental decline
  • Increased feelings of fear or anxiety
  • Arthritis in joints affects steering, braking

On the other hand, statistics indicate that in most elderly-related accidents, younger drivers are 3 times more likely to hit an elderly motorist. Drivers over the age of 85 are also nine times more likely to die in a crash. Aging thus affects the driver’s ability to both cause and survive a crash.

Negligence in Elderly-Related Car Accidents

Massachusetts personal injury law provides a legal remedy for victims injured in traffic collisions involving elderly drivers. Negligent driving breaches a legal duty to others, resulting in financial responsibility for damages. Regardless of age, at-fault parties are liable for any injuries caused by their negligence. Drivers of every age are capable driving negligently. Examples of reckless driving include:

  • Intoxication, inexperience
  • Refusal to yield right of way
  • Blindly backing out of driveway
  • Using the wrong gas/brake pedal
  • Speeding up or slowing down traffic
  • Failure to stay within designated lane

In car accidents, one careless moment can cause a lifetime of grief. Remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. Always make sure you are up to the task before getting behind the wheel. If the accident results in a fatality, the decedent’s family may bring an action to recover damages for wrongful death. Like other personal injury victims, they would be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost income, lost companionship, and pain and suffering.

Consult a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

If you were involved in an elderly-related car accident, call a trusted Massachusetts personal injury lawyer today. Do not give any statements, recorded or otherwise, to the other party’s insurance company. Also keep in mind that your own insurer wants to limit its liability for your harm. Before accepting the first settlement offer or signing any agreement, talk to Daniel J. Cappetta first. You will not be charged for the consultation or for any legal service unless he recovers compensation for you. Let a dedicated advocate defend your best interests and deal with other parties on your behalf. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.