Legal Representation for North Tampa Auto Accident Victims
Driving provides a sense of independence to many elderly Florida residents. With age, however, comes a decrease in many people’s vision, hearing, and other senses that are crucial to safe driving. The car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are seasoned personal injury litigators with over five decades of combined legal experience. We offer clients in North Tampa and the surrounding areas knowledgeable legal counseling based on our years of personal injury practice. We can provide the representation you need to assert your right to compensation from a careless driver.
Elderly Drivers in Florida
With age comes a greater likelihood that an elderly driver will be involved in a car crash. In 2012, 5,894 people were killed in car wrecks that involved a driver over the age of 65, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Among all states, Florida had the highest number of drivers age 65 and over who were involved in fatal car crashes. A majority of these accidents occurred during the daytime hours and on weekdays, and a majority involved another vehicle. The number of elderly-related car crashes is expected to increase as the population ages.
In Florida, drivers aged 80 and older must pass a vision test before renewing their license. In 2014, the NHTSA issued recommendations to states to enhance aspects of their highway safety programs that specifically affect older drivers. These guidelines include certain criteria for licensing and medical review of elderly drivers, medical and law enforcement education, and collaborations with social services to address the transportation needs of older adults.
Aging and Liability for Automobile Crashes
A host of factors can impair an elderly driver’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle. Deteriorating vision and hearing, medication, and delayed reaction times are some of the physical and cognitive factors that can affect an elderly driver and potentially lead to an accident.
In many elderly-related car accidents, the driver’s negligence is what causes the crash. Negligence is the failure to use the care that a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances. To prove negligence, the victim of a collision needs to establish that:
- the defendant had a duty to exercise care;
- the defendant breached this duty of care;
- the breach caused the victim’s injuries; and
- the victim has actual damages from the injuries.
All Florida drivers, regardless of their age, have a duty to exercise care on the road. This includes obeying the rules of the road, submitting to a vision test conducted by a qualified and licensed medical provider, and refraining from any potentially harmful actions while driving. If an elderly driver fails to wear corrective lenses when driving and strikes a victim, for example, the victim may potentially recover damages for any injuries caused by the driver’s failure to operate a vehicle with reasonable care.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Elderly drivers can strike other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists [link to bike accidents parent page]. While personal injury protection coverage may cover the cost of minor injuries, debilitating injuries require more extensive treatment and care. By filing a personal injury claim, a victim may seek compensation for damages such as current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A victim must file a claim within four years from the date of the accident to prove his or her case and get compensation for any injuries.
Spring Hill Litigators Pursuing Your Injury Claim
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we pride ourselves on our extensive litigation and personal injury experience. Our team of Spring Hill car crash lawyers has helped injured victims and their families get compensation for life-altering and devastating accidents. We can provide the representation you need to hold a negligent driver accountable for your injuries. We will review the accident scene, medical exams, and driving records to see if age-related factors played a role in causing the crash. We represent clients in New Tampa, Lutz, and the surrounding communities. Please call our office today at (866) 597-0009 to arrange a no-obligation consultation at no cost. You can also contact us online.