Among the many injuries reported annually by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), many are associated with accidents involving elderly drivers. If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident involving an elderly driver, you might be eligible for compensation. A Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you get it.
For many years, our firm has fought for car accident victims in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, taking on insurance companies for fair compensation for our clients. We want to put our knowledge, experience, resources, and winning track record to work for you.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we believe in prioritizing the needs of our clients and our community. We thrive on honesty, transparency, and communication, and we are not happy until our clients receive everything they deserve. Because we are so confident in our ability to help you, we never collect a fee until we win your claim. We offer a free case evaluation at which an injury lawyer for accidents involving elderly drivers in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will sit down with you, go over your options, and let you know what to expect.
You can start the process today by calling our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 476-1000.
Accidents involving Elderly Drivers in Fort Lauderdale, FL
South Florida, with its year-round warm weather, access to the country’s most beautiful beaches, acres of lush golf courses, and countless other amenities, is immensely popular with retirees. While these elderly citizens are undoubtedly an asset to the community, it is an unfortunate truth that as vision and hearing fade, so do reaction speed, judgment, and the motor coordination needed to steer, accelerate, and brake a vehicle. As the South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported, Florida is the first in the nation for senior citizens killed in traffic accidents.
Florida’s substantial elderly population even led to the creation of “Silver Alerts,” frequently seen on I-95 billboards, which, like Amber Alerts, advise us to be on the lookout for a specific vehicle. But rather than carrying a potentially endangered child, a Silver Alert vehicle is driven by an elderly person with compromised mental faculties, often dementia or Alzheimer’s.
While elderly drivers in Florida are rarely aggressive or prone to road rage, they contribute nevertheless to a number of accidents. If you were involved in one, an injury lawyer for accidents involving elderly drivers in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you recover compensation.
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How Elderly Drivers Cause Car Accidents in Fort Lauderdale
Elderly drivers cause car accidents in many of the same ways as younger drivers. In our work as Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys, though, we have noticed a few types of collisions that are closely tied to elderly drivers, likely due to their impaired motor skills and declining reaction speed.
Rear-end collisions often occur because delayed reaction times. With elderly drivers, the processing of that information from the eyes to the brain and, finally, to the foot that is operating the gas and brake pedals can be slowed due to age.
Running Stop Signs and Red Lights
Many car accidents involving elderly drivers occur because the senior ran a red light or stop sign—not because they were in a hurry or being impatient, but simply because they did not see the traffic control device or signal or failed to see it in time to stop.
Not all of the roads in Broward County are simple to navigate. Many of the I-95 and I-595 on-ramps and off-ramps, in particular, have been criticized for their confusing layout that often lead to drivers, particularly ones who are impaired or have vision issues, entering the highway heading the wrong direction. Elderly drivers with declining eyesight are particularly vulnerable to ending up in a wrong-way collision because they simply misread the layout of an interchange.
Another common issue with elderly drivers is the tendency to stray from their lane, particularly when traveling at high speeds. This is often due, once again, to deteriorating vision and motor skills. When a driver veers into a neighboring lane in heavy traffic, the vehicle occupying that lane often has nowhere to go, and an accident may result.
Parking Lot Accidents
We have worked with many clients who were hit by elderly drivers struggling to navigate through crowded parking lots. If this describes your accident, you should speak with an experienced lawyer right away, because parking lot accidents, due to the fact that they generally occur on private property, can be much more difficult to litigate than collisions on public roads and highways.
However, we are experienced in helping clients recover compensation for all types of motor vehicle collisions.
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Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Helps You Recover the Compensation You Deserve
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, our injury attorneys for accidents involving elderly drivers in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can help you collect a settlement or award that includes money for the following and more:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
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The Statute of Limitations on Florida Car Accident Lawsuits
Florida law (VIII.95.11) allows car accident victims typically two years to file a lawsuit for damages, but this time limit can vary depending on a number of factors. If necessary, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can file a quick lawsuit on your behalf to keep your claim from getting time-barred.
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If you were hurt in a Fort Lauderdale car accident involving an elderly driver, our attorneys can help. We will fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve, and we do not collect a fee until we win your case. For a free case evaluation, call us today at (954) 476-1000.
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