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Car Accidents Pose Double the Risk to The Elderly

Older Driver and Car Accident Injury Pembroke Pines

It is well known that the elderly find it difficult to receive safe transportation because their driving abilities decline. Infirmity results in walking becoming a difficult task as well. As a result most elderly persons can only use public transportation. 15.5 million persons over the age of 65 live in communities that have no public transportation, however. Unfortunately this leads to seniors being unable to regain their mobility, then exposing themselves to danger because they have to accomplish certain tasks.

In 2008 alone over 5,500 older adults died as a result of motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC. Another 183,000 were injured. These numbers equate to 15 seniors dying each day and 500 becoming injured on average. It’s also important to note that the number of older drivers is increasing, up 23% from 1999 to 2009, numbering 33 million five years ago alone. Do you need the services of an Aventura car accident lawyer? Please contact us today.

The Risk of Fatality

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2001 and 2010 the study of crash data revealed many important facts, such as the two below. Overall these facts uncovered that when people drive over the age of 75 are in danger of getting hurt or killed, in addition to the same risk if these persons travel somewhere on foot.

● Persons above the age of 75 were twice as likely to die when compared to those below the age of 34 in pedestrian accidents related to traffic. This statistic applies to older men and women when compared to younger women and men.

● 4,000 traffic-related deaths in the U.S. each year can be attributed to pedestrians, out of 34,000 deaths total.

The Reason For Increased Risk

Older adults in the United States involved in a car wreck on foot are more likely to die — the death rate in fact twice that of younger persons — because, for one, they are more likely to be involved in a wreck in the first place. This is due to mental and age-related physical disabilities. When the wreck occurs, infirmities increase the severity of injuries. The elderly continue to risk their lives because they have no other mode of transportation. If you have a relative who is a senior and is at risk for this type of tragedy, it’s important to remain aware and prevent it at all costs. Provide safe transportation for these loved ones over the age of 75 and protect them from injury or an early demise.

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The elderly can reduce their risk of being in an accident by planning out their routes, exercising regularly for increased flexibility, finding alternatives to driving, avoiding distractions in the car, leaving a substantial following distance in front of the next car, driving during good weather and daylight and maintaining their visits to their ophthalmologist.

Hire An Aventura Car Accident Lawyer

Has an elderly person you know been involved in a car accident which caused injury or death? The Law Offices of Cohn & Smith are standing by to evaluate your case and let you know whether or not you should pursue litigation. Don’t accept the fallout from the accident as something for which you can not seek restitution. Contact us now.

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