Everyone ages differently. Some people are slowing down in their fifties. Others seem to have boundless energy and health into and through their seventies and even their eighties. With more awareness of health and lifestyles – especially in southern California – more drivers are driving for more years than ever on our streets and highways. However, at some point, it’s inevitable that most older drivers will need to put away the keys for good. If you are injured or if you have an older family member who is injured in a traffic accident in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. You may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Similarly, if you are injured by an elderly driver who was negligent, distracted, or impaired, you may be able to win reimbursement for your medical expenses and more with help from a Pasadena personal injury attorney.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a “Drive-Well” educational program for older drivers and their families. The program promotes driving safety, offers health recommendations and community resources, and encourages heightened awareness of the unique issues facing older drivers and their families. Most drivers should expect to outlive their driving abilities. Some eventually begin suffering with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, at-first-subtle conditions that incrementally impact cognitive abilities and reaction times. Other older drivers “adapt” to their medications and may not recognize that their abilities are slowly declining.
If you have an older driver in your family, it’s imperative to do whatever it takes to avoid an accident with injuries, lawsuits, or something more tragic. An accident victim can file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver – of any age – and hold that driver accountable for his or her negligence. If you or anyone in your family is injured by a negligent driver in southern California, now or in the future, discuss your case with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible.