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Senior Drivers and Car Accidents

As of 2012, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that there were nearly 36 million licensed drivers over the age of 65. While driving is excellent for senior mobility, it can also have severe consequences. Fatal crash rates for those over 85, for example, are higher than that of any other age group. What’s more, 2012 saw more than 5,560 senior drivers killed in car crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call the Houston car accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm. With years of experience fighting for seniors, our team has the skill you need to recover compensation.

Call (281) 283-8500 today to see how we can help you obtain the funds you deserve.

The Risk for Seniors

When a senior citizen is involved in a car crash, there are a variety of issues that can result in injuries being more severe. Many senior drivers have at least a mild form of osteoporosis, a disease which is characterized by low bone mass. Low bone mass means that the bones of elderly people are thin and weak, making them more susceptible to breakage. In addition, many senior citizens can suffer a heart attack in the event of an auto accident. For those with a compromised vascular system, any rapid increase in heart rate could lead to an infarction or a fatal arrhythmia.

Avoiding Death and Injury

According to the CDC, over 500 elderly adults are involved in car accidents every day. In order to decrease that statistic, seniors can take certain steps to prevent an accident from occurring in the first place. Tips for maintaining good health and avoiding crashes include, but are not limited to:

  • Stay physically active
  • Schedule regular sight and hearing tests
  • Properly address any chronic conditions, such as diabetes or osteoporosis
  • Know your limitations
  • Only drive under ideal road conditions
  • Be sure to plan your route
  • Consider taking a driving course for seniors

Contact The Krist Law Firm Today

Before you can file a lawsuit, there are a number of elements that must be addressed. First, you need to determine who was truly at fault for the accident. If you were even partially responsible, it is possible that other parties could turn around and sue you in return. In addition, you need to prove that you were injured in the accident or that you suffered mentally and emotionally. Handling these types of liability lawsuits can be complicated, which is why it is essential to seek the help of an experienced lawyer.

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we understand how difficult being involved in an accident can be, especially if you are a senior. If you have suffered an injury due to a motor accident, you deserve to be compensated. Do not be taken advantage of and call (281) 283-8500 to see how we can help. We will work tirelessly to ensure you recover the funds you need to move on with your life.