The growing number of elderly drivers on the road—almost 36 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in the United States as of 2012—means a greater chance of accidents. Experience on the road is helpful to avoid accidents, but the toll of age on sight, hearing, reaction times and reflexes can be the reason a collision occurs. Hinkle Law Offices can help if you’ve been involved in a collision with an elderly driver.
Is It Such a Risk?
Inexperienced, young drivers are a known demographic when it comes to car accidents. But elderly drivers who aren’t able to react as quickly as they once were, have difficulty seeing or even have trouble physically using a car are also a risk. Thousands of elderly drivers are killed every year in car accidents, and the collisions also injure and kill the occupants of the other vehicle.
Statistical fact shows that as age increases, so does the likelihood of elderly drivers being involved in a collision. These accidents not only injure other people and damage property but can cause fatalities in the elderly drivers themselves. New Mexico requires drivers beginning at age 67 to renew their license every 4 years and drivers at and over age 75 to renew their license every year. This renewal also involves a required vision test, but not a written or road test.
Legal Representation for You
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by an elderly driver, you need help handling the legal ramifications. Hinkle Law Offices can help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for car repairs and medical expenses. You don’t have to face the aftermath of an accident alone; contact us today and we’ll start helping you put your life back together.