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Elderly Car Accidents
- Are you an elderly motorists involved in a car accident?
- Were you involved in a traffic accident and had to receive medical attention to treat injuries?
- Did you suffer permanent injury following a car accident?
If so, the Perazzo Law Firm is ready to represent your accident claim by striving to provide their best possible legal services to elderly residents injured in a traffic accident in Florida.
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The Perazzo Law Firm shares insight into car accidents involving elderly drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that elderly drivers are more likely that younger drivers suffer traffic accidents nationwide. Other studies reveal that elderly drivers account for 15 percent of all licensed motorists and represent 7 percent of all car crashes, whereas younger motorists represent close to 45 percent of all collisions that involve two or more vehicles. That said, the elderly are safer drivers than young people. However, elderly drivers are more prone to suffering serious bodily injury from collisions given their more frail physical state. In fact, the elderly have a higher fatality rate from motor vehicle accidents than younger drivers.
What is the age limit for elderly drivers in Florida?
There is no age limit for the elderly to operate motor vehicles on Florida roadways. However, as of age 70, elderly drivers are obliged to present a profession medical certificate which states that they are physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle in traffic. Those elderly residents that are over 80 and wish to get behind the wheel of a car, are bound by law to renew their driver's license every six years, as well as to pass an eye examination when renewing their license. Regardless, studies have shown that elderly drivers aged 65-90 pose a lower threat of causing an accident than younger drivers aged 17-25.
What are the most common injuries in car accidents the involve elderly drivers?
Though more prone to fatal injuries than younger drivers, the elderly drive a much lower speeds and are rarely involved in high speed impacts, which most often end in severe personal injury to all drivers regardless of age. Nevertheless, in car accidents that involve the elderly, the car accident attorneys that handle insurance claims understand that the injuries they suffer will require physical rehabilitation and most often extensive treatment.
Common car accident injuries may include:
- Cervical spine injuries
- Thoracic spine injuries
- Lumbar spine injuries
- Bruises and contusions
- Hip fractures
- Upper and/or lower extremity injuries
- Facial injuries in the event of airbag deployment
- And more...
What to do if you are an elderly driver involved in a traffic accident.
Following a traffic accident, in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm's car accident attorneys highly recommend that elderly drivers and accident victims, seek professional medical care for an evaluation of any visible injuries sustained. Our personal injury staff serving insurance claims to cover injuries from motor vehicle accidents, understands that many injuries, especially spinal cord injuries, may develop over time. That is why, our experience shows that an MRI study is highly recommendable to rule out or detect injury to the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine muscles and/or discs.
If you, a friend, or relative has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE now for a FREE initial consultation and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to our personal injury and insurance claims clients in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange County.
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