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Seniors and Car Accidents - Who's Responsible?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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I’ve written a lot about the safety of senior drivers on this blog recently.


Because it's a growing concern. And it's going to become even more important as BC's population ages.

The problem’s not that older drivers are necessarily bad drivers. It’s about the effect that age has on our physical ability to drive safely.

You see, medical science has determined  that our eyesight deteriorates and reaction times slow with age. And that’s bad news when you’re behind the wheel of a car.

It’s a subject I’ve been keeping a close eye one, which is why I was interested today then to read that ICBC categorized 725 drivers over the age of 65 as learners or novices last year.

What does this mean?

It means that there were 725 drivers who had to prove they could still safely step behind the wheel.

Health problems were the primary reason underlying the decision to re-evaluate whether these drivers are safe or not.

But perhaps ICBC is onto something here.

After all, we’ve got Graduated Licencing for other ‘at risk’ groups like young drivers So why don’t we put something similar in place so that senior drivers need to prove they’re safe too?

Right now there’s no such system.

And as a result any number of the half million drivers in BC over the age of 65 could be unfit for our roads.

These drivers could be a danger to both themselves and other users of the road.

And that’s unacceptable.

I’ve dealt with many cases where someone was injured in an accident that was caused by a senior driver.

Of course they should never have been put at risk in the first place, but at least these victims have been able to seek compensation for their injuries. And if you’ve been involved in an accident with a senior driver you might be able to too.

Here’s the thing, drivers need  to make sure they can safely operate a vehicle.

 So if you’ve been involved in a collision with a vehicle that’s being operated by an older driver ask a few questions, such as :

> “When was the last time you had your eyes tested?

> “Do you have a medical condition that’s affecting your to safely operate a vehicle?”

The answers might make a big difference to the success of your injury claim.

Have you been hurt in a car accident involving an older driver?

We need to talk.

Call me at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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