Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian accidents in the nation. Much of this has to do with the way roads are designed. Florida also has a very large elderly population. In fact, Florida has the nation's highest number of residents over the age of 65. Due to their age and pre-existing conditions, the elderly are more likely to sustain serious injuries or fatalities when involved in a Florida pedestrian accident. Elderly Florida citizens often choose to live in areas that are conveniently located near stores and other places they can walk to. The elderly tend to have slower reaction times and their hearing may be diminished, creating dangerous situations involving motor vehicles. Due to limited mobility and certain physical impairments, elderly citizens are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents and they may have a difficult time getting out of the way of oncoming traffic.
Elderly Citizens Have Increased Risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents:
As people age, their hearing and eyesight diminish. People reach an age where it is no longer safe to drive. Following are some signs to watch for in elderly drivers:
- An elderly driver gets lost even though they are in a familiar area
- Near misses or minor accidents
- Difficulty moving head or neck to check blind spots
- Slow response time
- Confusing gas with the brake pedal
- Multiple warnings or tickets
- Problems focusing
- Frequent honking from other motorists
In 2010 in Florida, more senior citizens were fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents than in any other area of the country. 271 senior citizens died in traffic accidents in Florida in 2010.
Elderly Accident Victims and Injuries:
Some pre-existing conditions such as osteoporosis make elderly accident victims more susceptible to broken bones. In addition, burns and brain injuries can take longer to heal in the elderly. Senior citizens also face other challenges when involved in Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accidents. Many are on fixed incomes so medical costs from motor vehicle accidents can create additional financial stress.
Sarasota and Bradenton Personal Injury Attorneys:
If you are or someone you love is elderly and is involved in a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle or pedestrian accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 218-8220. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.