CAR ACCIDENTS with ELDERLY DRIVERS-MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Driving a vehicle requires good vision, fast reactions, and high alertness as people age these functions diminish making the operation of a motor vehicle more difficult and dangerous with age. Elderly drivers get into proportionately more car accidents. Elderly drivers involved in vehicle collisions suffer more severe injuries resulting from car accidents.
Statistics compiled by the AAA showed that in 2009, 33 million licensed drivers in the US were over the age of 65. That was a 20 % increase since 1999. It estimates that by year 2030, 70 million US drivers will be over the age of 65-and nearly 90% licensed to drive.
In the last year when statistics were available, almost 6,000 senior drivers were killed in car accidents. Over 220,000 were injured.
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers these safety tips for older drivers:
- Be sure to wear your seat belts.
- Avoid driving in bad conditions, bad weather, night.
- Get regular eye examinations.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Be sure to follow recommendations of prescription medications regarding driving.
- Use the safest routes.
- Plan your route well in advance to avoid confusion during the trip.
- Leave a large gap between you and the car ahead to minimize the effects of slower reaction times.
- Consider other alternatives to driving, bus, cab, friends,
The Car Accident Lawyers on the Schmidt Salita Law Team have seen thousands of car accidents. They have helped seniors to achieve justice when injured in a car accident. They have seen that the elderly get injured more seriously-and recover more slowly. They have also seen the tragic effects of car accidents caused by elderly drivers.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices are handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.