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Representing Those Injured by Elderly Drivers

Many people assume that once they pass their driver’s test, they will never have to worry about going through the process again. However, in California, that isn’t true. All elderly Californian residents can expect to take the written test at least once more. This is for good reason, as studies show that older drivers are a serious risk on the roadways.

If you have been injured by an elderly driver in Glendale, then you know full well how dangerous they can be. Whether the at-fault driver was 20 or 80, you still deserve compensation for your injuries. To get the settlement you need, call Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 today. We always fight for the rights of our clients, no matter the opposition.

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Senior Drivers and California Law

Once a driver turns 70, the rules around license renewal change. Normally, a driver only has to send in the proper paperwork, either through the mail or online, and is sent a new license once the paperwork has been processed by the DMV. However, elderly drivers must renew their license in person. Renewal through the mail or through the online portal is no longer an option.

On top having to go into a DMV facility to get a new license, all senior drivers must complete a vision test, as well as a written knowledge test, before being granted a new license. Even if the driver is knowledge on California traffic laws, if his or her vision is not up to standards, then a license will not be granted.

If members of the senior’s family believe that he or she is in no fit condition to drive, or no longer safe on the roadways, then the family can request that the DMV conduct an unsafe driver test. This test is a road test, similar to that taken by people getting their license for the first time. If the elderly driver does not pass this test, even if his or her license has yet to expire, then the license will be revoked.

Furthermore, any conditions that may make the senior unsafe on the road, such as Alzheimer’s, must be reported to the DMV at once. These conditions can, and likely will, bar the elderly person from keeping a driver’s license. While all these rules may seem harsh, they serve an important purpose. The truth is, many elderly drivers are incredibly dangerous, and cause serious and catastrophic collisions.

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The Dangers of Older Drivers

It is a common joke that older people are dangerous or ill-informed drivers. However, there is real truth to the jest. After all, traffic laws have changed over the past five decades, as has the layout of the roadways in the city. Even ignoring the fact that many seniors have difficulty seeing and concentrating, most are simply out of touch on how to drive safely in crowded Glendale or larger Los Angeles County.

Older drivers are far more likely to be involved in auto collisions than young drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is because seniors often suffer from conditions brought on by age that make driving safely difficult. For example, most have poor eyesight. This can make it hard to see road signs, traffic lights, and pedestrians.

Seniors’ cognitive abilities are often diminished as well. While older people are more than capable of leading independent lives and making their own choices, driving does require intense concentration at all times. Conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia can make that level of concentration impossible. Even if an elderly person has not been formally diagnosed with any condition, the act of keeping the car in control can be difficult, and drifting into other lanes or suddenly accelerating can be common.

All of this added together means that drivers over a certain age are inherently dangerous. If you have found yourself the victim of an elderly driver, chances are you are suffering from severe injuries, such as broken bones and even brain damage. Those kinds of wounds require a great deal of medical treatment, which can be costly. While the idea of filing a claim against a senior may seem inappropriate, keep in mind that if you don’t, you will be the one carrying the financial burden.

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Recovering Damages After an Accident

Most people are hesitant to file a claim when they have been injured by an older driver. That is an understandable instinct. However, a claim is necessary for you to recover proper compensation. Auto collisions are not easy to recover from financially, and whether the at-fault driver is 20 or 70, negligence is negligence and should be treated as such.

On top of that, when you file a claim, it is not the at-fault driver who pays you, but the driver’s auto insurance company. Even if you hit the policy limit with your settlement, it will still be the company that pays.

Damages that you can recover from a claim include:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of employment opportunities
  • Lost wages
  • Therapy costs
  • Property damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Paying for any of this on your own will not be easy. The medical bills alone could leave you tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Your first priority should always be your own health. Even if it seems cruel to file a claim against an elderly driver, keep in mind that if you do not file one, you will simply be punishing yourself. That being said, a successful claim will require the help of a skilled attorney.

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Getting the Help Your Claim Needs

We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, understand the frustrating and difficult position you are in. Being injured in an auto collision, especially one caused by a senior citizen, can bring up a lot of questions as to what you are supposed to do next. We want to help you find the answers you need. To talk to an experienced L.A. car accident attorney, call us at (818) 507-4311 today.

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