If you have driven with an elderly grandparent or perhaps have shared the road with an elderly driver, it may be no surprise to learn that elderly drivers, especially those over 85 years of age, are one of the leading groups of people involved in fatal car crashes in Florida and throughout this nation.

There are many reasons why elderly drivers are involved in fatal car crashes, including:

  • Deteriorating eyesight
  • Problems concentrating
  • Lane drifting
  • Difficulties judging speed or distance
  • Slower reflexes

When drivers lose some of their vision and reflexes, they have a harder time turning, stopping, staying in their lane and driving safely. Unfortunately, many accidents involving seniors could have been prevented if the elderly drivers had had their vision checked regularly. Many seniors have trouble with glaucoma, cataracts and issues seeing in low light.

Seeing clearly is essential to driving safely. All drivers should get their vision checked regularly, and not wait until it is too late. Unfortunately, seniors are the most affected by this issue and are generally the ones seriously or fatally injured in Sarasota auto accidents due to their age and fragility.

There are many alternative transportation options for elderly drivers, including:

  • Homecare companies
  • Assisted living transportation
  • City bus
  • Neighbors, friends and family

If an unsafe elderly driver caused your wreck and injuries, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for your medical bills and more. Call a skilled Sarasota auto accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm today at (888) 409-3805 for a free, no-obligation discussion of your case.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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