Vehicle accidents in California can happen for a number of reasons and age it not necessarily a defining factor. However, although they are not explicitly prohibited from driving, elderly vehicle owners should comply with the California Department of Motor Vehicles requirements for physical and cognitive functions and the use of medication while driving. If you are involved in a vehicle accident caused by a senior driver you can ask one of the Los Angles personal injury attorneys for help.
Accidents caused by elderly drivers
Age can have an impact on an individual’s ability to operate motorized vehicles. While this is different from case to case and it also depends on that person’s general health, sometimes vehicle accidents
are caused particularly because some drivers do not assess the impact of their age on their driving abilities.
A number of personal injury accidents illustrate the potential of driving when the individual no longer meets certain criteria. In 2003 a vehicle accident that took place in Santa Monica highlights how mistakes made by elderly drivers can have a tremendous impact: that year, an 86 year-old-driver pressed the gas instead of the brake at a farmer’s market, killing ten people and injuring many others. This personal injury case is a reference one for vehicle accidents caused by elderly drivers.
Types of compensations
The types of compensations
awarded in vehicle accidents caused by elderly drivers will be the same ad in pedestrian accidents or other vehicle accidents. Economic damages will include an amount for the medical expenses, the lost wages, and future treatment and lost income if needed. These can be more easily quantified than the non-economic damages which are also an option. For these compensations, the plaintiff will have to negotiate based on the extent of the injuries and the overall emotional impact of the accident.
If you or a family member were injured in a vehicle accident or pedestrian accident
you can talk to a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases to find out how you should proceed in order to gain compensation for your injuries.
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers
can help settle your case in court or through negotiation. You can contact us
for an initial consultation. We will not charge you until you have received our full settlement.