The state of Florida has the largest elderly population in the United States, with 18 percent of its population being 65 years of age or older. And while elderly drivers undoubtedly have more experience behind the wheel, their developed medical conditions that come with age may just increase their chances of being involved in an accident. Read on to discover how common accidents caused by elderly drivers are and how a seasoned Riverview, Florida car accident lawyer at The Frank Santini Law Firm can help you through your situation.
Notably, the state of Florida has special laws in place for elderly drivers to promote better safety on the roads. For example, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) requires that drivers who are 80 years of age or older pass a vision test conducted by a medical professional. If they pass, they may submit the Mature Driver Vision Test form. And if they do not pass, they may be referred to an eye specialist, and soon they may submit the Report of Eye Exam Form.
Additional examples of requirements that the DHSMV has in place for elderly drivers include the following:
Typically, an elderly driver’s impaired hearing, vision loss, heart failure, or otherwise medical condition affects their ability to drive safely at all times. With that being said, an elderly driver may be at fault for a car accident for any of the following reasons:
Importantly, it should be noted that car accidents can be caused by any age group, not just elderly drivers. So, regardless of who the at-fault party is, you may pursue legal action and file a personal injury claim.
Rest assured, a competent Riverview personal injury lawyer will help you gather evidence, file your claim, and overall recover your damages. So pick up the phone and give our firm a call today.
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