While being injured in a car accident is a risk at any stage in life, this is particularly true for older people In fact, drivers over the age of 65 have the highest rates of fatal car accidents per miles driven than any other group but teen drivers. Car accidents can cause serious injuries that may result in hospitalization, disability, disfigurement, or may even be fatal. In addition, these types of injuries may result in significant financial expenses, including medical bills, loss of income, rehabilitation, property damage, or other expenses. As a result, people who are involved in car accidents can be entitled to significant financial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County car accident lawyer. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are comprised of experienced auto accident attorneys who represent individuals injured in car accidents, and are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each client we represent.
According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 5,288 people 65 and older were killed in car accidents, and an additional 187,000 were injured. These figures represent 16 percent of all fatalities and 8 percent of all people injured in car accidents in 2009. The number of car accident fatalities for people 65 and older decreased by 5 percent from 2008, while the number of injuries increased by 2 percent. More than three-quarters of older occupants involved in fatal car accidents were wearing seat belts, compared to 64 percent of other adult occupants.
Just getting older does not necessarily mean that a person should stop driving, but it is important to understand how conditions associated with aging can affect a person’s ability to drive. Some of the problems that older people may develop that can affect driving include:
- Taking medications that may affect coordination and reflexes
- Problems with vision
- Problems with hearing
- Slowed reaction time or range of motion
- Problems with memory
If you or a loved one is getting older and driving, it is important to conduct an honest appraisal of their continued ability to safely drive a car or other vehicle. While not driving may limit a person’s mobility, a person who is unable to drive a car safely can pose a serious risk to his or her safety as well as the safety of other drivers.
Contact a Coweta County car accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney. You may have a legal claim against whomever is responsible for your injuries, which may entitle you to significant compensation for any damages you sustained. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is committed to helping people injured in car accidents, and is available for free no-obligation consultations. To schedule your consultation, call us today at (770) 487-8999.