According to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 5.5 million drivers over the age of 55 in California. Of these, more than 2.5 million are aged 70 or older. Yet, as the California Department of Insurance states, senior drivers and new teenage drivers are responsible for more car accidents for each mile they drive than any other age group. While there are certainly many elderly drivers who are perfectly capable of driving safely, this statistic does highlight a very real problem in the state of California.
At the law firm San Diego Injury Lawyer, we handle litigation involving all types of auto accidents, including those caused by senior drivers. Our San Diego, CA personal injury attorneys, led by Kerry Steigerwalt, can provide you with the exceptional representation you need if you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident caused by a senior driver, of if you have tragically lost a family member in such an accident.
To arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case, please contact San Diego Injury Lawyer today.
Auto Accidents and Drivers over the Age of 70
Again, it is important to note that we are not claiming that there are not many outstanding and diligent senior drivers. However, these drivers share the road with senior drivers whose driving abilities have been compromised by:
- Vision problems such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration that cannot simply be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Memory problems.
- Problems with logic, reasoning, or judgment.
- Arthritis, loss of agility, loss of coordination, or loss of muscle strength.
- Prescription medications and their side effects.
The state of California has imposed some measures on senior drivers to ensure that they are capable of driving their vehicles safely rather than simply allowing them to keep their drivers’ licenses automatically. In California:
- Drivers over the age of 70 are no longer eligible to renew their drivers’ licenses by mail. They must go to the DMV, where they are required to take a vision test and may be asked to take the written and driving tests as well. They must renew their licenses in person every five years
- Unsafe driver investigations may be performed at the request of family members and other people close to the senior driver.
- Doctors who diagnose patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions that may compromise their ability to drive safely are required to disclose their diagnoses to the state.
- The DMV may impose restrictions on senior drivers such as no freeway or nighttime driving, no driving during rush-hour traffic, and limitations as to where the senior may and may not drive.
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