Dallas Elderly Driver Accident Lawyer
As Dallas residents get older, driving becomes more difficult. Poor eyesight, slower reflexes, and memory problems can make an elderly driver unfit to drive safely. Although it’s a touchy and sensitive subject for some families, elderly drivers are causing too many accidents. If you were injured because of an older driver, a Dallas elderly driver lawyer can help.
Our Dallas car accident law firm at Pintas & Mullins knows how to handle these delicate accident situations. Bringing a legal case that involves an elderly driver might feel awkward, but we are dedicated to making the process as stress-free as possible.
Our number one priority is getting you the compensation you deserve — which typically means dealing with the insurance company more than the driver. To learn more about how we can help you, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us here online and we’ll give you a FREE consultation and case evaluation.
How Elderly Drivers Are a Problem in Dallas, TX
As human bodies age, they become less adept at performing certain actions — like driving. While aging is no one’s fault and certainly not an overall bad thing, older drivers still have a duty of care to make sure they are safe on Dallas roads.
Elderly drivers can be more likely to cause accidents because of:
- Hearing issues
- Stiff joints
- Memory problems
- Vision issues
- Poor reaction time
- Certain medications
Older drivers who can no longer operate a vehicle safely become a danger to themselves and others. If an elderly driver caused a car accident that left you injured, you should not have to pay. If the driver has auto insurance, their insurance company should pay for any damages caused by the policyholder.
A Dallas elderly driver lawyer can help you file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries and other accident damages. Most of the time, you won’t have to step foot in a courtroom or deal directly with the at-fault driver.
Regulations for Senior Citizen Drivers in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), drivers at age 79 and older have a few extra driver’s license renewal requirements:
- Every driver age 79 or older must renew their driver’s license in person at a local office.
- Drivers age 79 through 84 must renew their driver’s license every six years; drivers age 85 and older must renew every two years.
- During the renewal, they must pass a vision test.
- The elderly driver must also have their medical history responses evaluated by a license and permit specialist.
The TxDPS is required to ensure a driver is in good enough physical health to operate a motor vehicle and follow all state driving laws. If the department determines an elderly driver is not fit to safely operate a vehicle, the driver will need to get additional information from their doctor to take a driving test.
If a driver is determined to be medically unable to operate a motor vehicle safely or they did not comply with required testing, the TxDPS can initiate a medical revocation of the elderly driver’s license.
Although the above requirements are in place, there are very few restrictions on elderly drivers compared to younger adult drivers. Data shows that by the year 2025, drivers 65 and older will make up 25% of drivers (compared to 15% of drivers in 2001). This can easily lead to problems where elderly drivers are deemed fit to drive even when that might not be the case.
Common Accidents Caused By Elderly Drivers
Elderly drivers can cause the same types of accidents as other drivers, such as:
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact crashes
- Phantom driver accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle or bike accidents
- Single-car accidents
Older drivers might have a harder time watching for or seeing pedestrians, bikers, or smaller obstacles on the roads. If an elderly driver dozes off while driving or has a medical emergency, they can run off the road or swerve into oncoming traffic. Any driver runs the risk of an accident while driving, but these areas can be especially concerning for older drivers.
Our Dallas car accident lawyers have experience with these types of accidents. We can handle the case in the most delicate way possible while fighting for your recovery rights. To discuss the details with the best attorney for you today, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Damages You Can Claim After an Accident with an Elderly Driver
There are two main types of damages you can claim in Texas personal injury cases:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
Economic damages account for losses with an actual dollar value. For example, you might have damages like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Vehicle damage
These losses typically have a clear monetary amount that you can point to when filing your claim. You will need to back up your claim for these damages with documentation like medical bills, receipts, quotes, and pay stubs.
Your Dallas elderly driver lawyer can help you compile the best evidence of these damages to support your case.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages cannot be represented by a monetary amount. They can include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
These damages are difficult to demonstrate, so it’s best to consult with an experienced lawyer who can calculate their total values.
If you lost a loved one because of an accident caused by an elderly driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim for damage like medical costs, pain and suffering, funeral costs, and burial costs.
Get Help From a Dallas Elderly Driver Lawyer, Starting with a Free Consultation
Don’t suffer alone if you were hit and injured by an elderly driver. Our Dallas car accident lawyers can help you build a legal case and pursue the compensation you deserve. We do not charge you a fee unless we win your case, so there is no risk to you.
Contact us today and we’ll match you with the best attorney for your case. You can ask questions and go over your legal options during a FREE consultation. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to get started for FREE today.