Washington Elderly Driver Car Crash Attorney
Older Adult Drivers & Accidents - What To Do If You've Been Hit
If you have been injured by an elderly driver, you may be feeling somewhat reluctant to bring a claim against him/her. After all, s/he is a senior who clearly didn’t mean to do any harm. However, the fact is that s/he hurt you, and may present a continued threat to other pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists if allowed to drive any further. By filing a compensation claim in Washington against the negligent driver, not only may you benefit yourself, but you may also convince the elderly driver to seek an alternative form of transportation, making everyone safer overall.
Contact the experienced Seattle car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. for help with your claim case. We will conduct a thorough accident investigation to determine whether the elderly driver’s negligence contributed to your injuries, and pursue an optimal settlement deal that’ll cover your medical bills, lost wages and other losses. If a trial becomes necessary, we will fight aggressively for your interests. For a no-cost consultation, call (888) 228-3860 now.
Diminished Health Can Adversely Affect Driving Ability
As people grow into old age, their faculties, such as sight and hearing, may become diminished. In spite of this, many drivers who are in the latter stages of their life hold onto their driving privileges, even if their faculties are not wholly dependable. The reason for this is usually pride or the desire to retain freedom of movement. While such feelings are certainly understandable, the reality is that such drivers pose a danger not only to themselves but also to the public.
Elder Drivers Should Undergo Periodic Checkups
All elderly drivers are encouraged to get a medical evaluation, vision test and license reexamination on a periodic basis. If an elderly individual exhibits certain neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, visual, emotional or psychiatric conditions to a debilitating degree, s/he may need to relinquish their driving privileges or be subject to certain license restrictions.
Some of the most common license restrictions are those that:
- Require elder individuals with significant vision problems to wear eyeglasses or other form of corrective lenses while behind the wheel.
- Permit driving at certain times only.
- Prohibit driving on the freeway or beyond a certain area.
- Require the installation of special mechanical devices.
- Require extra support for proper driving position.
WA Car Crash Attorneys Helping You Recover Damages in Seattle
When an elderly driver does not pay heed to their limited faculties and injures someone else as a result, this may constitute a breach of the standard duty of care, or negligence. As the victim, you may be entitled to recover all resulting damages. To ensure that you do, consult with a dedicated Seattle elderly driver crash lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. and let us work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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