Senior citizens on the road have become more and more of a concern since the baby boomer generation is now reaching that age. According to statistics, 10,000 Americans reach age 65 each day. In 2012 alone there were almost 36 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the U.S. and by 2030, it’s estimated to reach 57 million. Of those numbers, an average of 586 older adults are injured every day in crashes. In 2012, more than 5,650 older adults were killed and more than 214, 000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.
Families who are concerned about their elderly relatives on the road should know that California is one of 28 states that impose extra conditions when renewing driver’s licenses for older people. Drivers over 70 are required to pass a written exam and take an eye test in order to renew their driver’s license.
Fatal crash rates increase starting at ages 70-74 so if you or a family member is approaching that age, considering whether or not to continue driving is best to think through for the sake of everyone on the road. According to the California Vehicle Code, the DMV may suspend your license if you suffer from:
Knowing your rights as a senior citizen when it comes to driving on the road is extremely important. Contact an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney for help, especially if you’ve been involved in a car accident.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. The Weinberger Law Firm has the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury. Call (916) 357-6767 today for a free consultation regarding your personal injury case.