Elderly car crash victims represent a particularly vulnerable portion of society. There is no upper age limit to restrict driving in this country, meaning that a lot of the time people are judging themselves whether or not they are still capable of motoring safely.
It is a natural human emotion to deny that there is anything untoward, and that blips that might have occurred on that last outing were anything other than temporary lapses. Nevertheless, older drivers, who are not as mentally fit as they were when they first qualified to drive, can be a hazard on the UK’s road network.
As well as putting themselves at risk from collisions, their actions could also impact on other older road users. There tend to be certain times of the day when there are more of these drivers out on the roads. Because they are of retirement age, they will tend to avoid journeys during the morning or evening rush hours. But a quiet afternoon jaunt in any city or town can easily be disrupted by cars colliding when the respective drivers have not been paying due attention.
Why are these collisions so serious?
Elderly car crash victims are particularly prone to injury. It is only natural for people to lose their confidence as they grow older. In a motoring situation, people may find themselves less confident about facing increasing congestion. As eyesight fails and reaction times slow, ageing drivers are also putting themselves and other road users at risk.
In the event of a collision, elderly victims can be more seriously injured. They might find it more of a struggle to climb out of a damaged vehicle, putting them at risk from subsequent collisions. Ageing bones become more brittle, and susceptible to greater damage.
Phone now for no-obligation advice
Being the victim of a car accident is traumatic enough at the best of times, but it is particularly so for vulnerable older people.
But Accident Advice Helpline, with Esther Rantzen is our patron, is here to provide a valuable information service if you are considering looking into a compensation claim.
We have a team of legal experts who can assess all the circumstances surrounding any incident, and who will advise accordingly. It is a straightforward process, and to kick things off all you have to do is call 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen