No one wants to surrender their driver’s license simply because they have reached their golden years. Vision loss, slow reflexes, and other physical limitations related to aging can be extremely hard for some to accept. Unfortunately, when an older driver chooses to push their luck and drive despite these limitations they put others at risk.
If you have been involved in an accident that is the fault of an older driver, please contact our law firm. At Lerner and Rowe, our legal team is experienced at working through the nuances of elderly driver caused car accidents in Arizona and New Mexico. Our team will help you obtain compensation for your suffering.
Fault & Responsibility of an At-fault Elderly Driver
Some injury victims may feel a degree of guilt and reluctance at filing a personal injury claim against an elderly driver. If you are, you shouldn’t. You need to keep in mind that they are just as accountable for getting behind the wheel and causing a vehicle-related accident as would be any other driver. Plus, considering that they are older they have years of experience knowing when they are okay to drive without endangering other drivers, pedestrians, and even passengers.
In addition, you shouldn’t bear the burden of paying for medical care, car repairs, lost work, and other damages just because you were hurt in a wreck by an older driver.
Know that when you secure our legal services, no matter how old or young the person responsible for your pain and suffering is, our highly skilled attorneys will go after the at-fault driver’s insurance company and seek a significant settlement on your behalf.
A Growing Problem
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities in accidents involving elderly drivers will likely triple by 2020. This is precisely why New Mexico and Arizona are adopting proactive stances to prevent accidents involving the elderly.
Though neither state has a driving age limit, New Mexico is implementing a multi-year program to decrease crashes involving older drivers.
Arizona in turn mandates that drivers age 65 and older must pass a vision test and renew their license in person every five years as opposed to the 12 years allowed for those under age 65. Also in Arizona, members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and other concerned parties may request an unsafe driver investigation be conducted to determine whether or not an elderly person should be driving themselves.
Legal Assistance for Car Accidents in Arizona and New Mexico
If you are involved in a car accident in Arizona or New Mexico caused by an aged driver, don’t be tempted to settle without the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney. Our lawyers are here to help you deal with the insurance company of the negligent driver and obtain the most compensation possible.
Even though our regular office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., please feel free to contact us 24/7 toll-free at (844) 977-1900, or through our online LiveChat option.