Attorney for Elder and Senior Driver Accidents in Pinellas Park
Car accidents involving elderly and senior drivers are unfortunately common, especially in Florida where a larger than average percentage of the population is elderly. Senior drivers have higher rates of crashes and injuries which increase with age. Being a senior citizen is not the actual cause of these crash, instead it is the decrease in vision, hearing, and other senses crucial to safe driving that come with age. In addition, the use of medications which affect the senses and delay reaction times can create a dangerous situation on the road for older drivers.
All Florida drivers, regardless of age, have a duty to exercise care on the road which means obeying the rules of the road. This includes not only obeying traffic devices, yielding the right of way, and maintaining safe distances but also wearing corrective lenses when required, using seat belts, and not driving drowsy or under the influence of impairing medications.
Why you need an experienced personal injury attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident with an elderly driver, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. The set of circumstances that cause a senior driver to have a car accident are unlikely to be discovered without investigation by an attorney. By undergoing the claims process alone or not entering it at all because the driver or their family offered you a deal, your chances of receiving adequate compensation are greatly reduced.
Don’t feel bad!
A unique characteristic of car accidents with elderly drivers is the other driver, who was not at fault, feeling bad about the ordeal and not wanting to cause further upset. This often drives accident victims not to pursue medical treatment and avoid making an insurance claim or try and handle it on their own.
It is important to keep in mind that the claim and the amount you seek in damages in almost all cases is recovered against the insurer and not the driver personally. Instead of waiting to see how the situation turns out, you should take two actions following an accident with an elderly driver:
1) Seek medical care immediately in order to treat any injuries you have and learn whether you will need ongoing care. Florida law mandates that if an accident victim does not seek medical treatment within fourteen days following the accident, they have forfeited their personal injury protection coverage. Claims on your own insurance policy can be limited if you fail to seek medical care quickly.
2) Contact a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will investigate the accident, learn the cost of your damages, and present your claim to the insurance company. If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, you may need to proceed to trial and seek recovery that in most cases will be paid by the insurer.
Your car accident happened quickly but the consequences can last a lifetime. You should talk to a car accident lawyer to review your case and discuss if compensation is available. Monetary compensation may include the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp are prepared to thoroughly evaluate your case and determine how to pursue your claim.
We will do the work of gathering records related to your claim such as medical and insurance policies, investigate the accident, and negotiate with the insurance company. If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, we are prepared to go to trial and present your case to a jury.
About Oldham & Delcamp
We understand the physical, financial, and emotional toll a car accident places on your life. Our legal team treats all clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. We stay in communication with you throughout the process so you are never wondering about the status of your case.
When another driver chooses to text and drive, drink and drive or runs a red light, their impact on your life is disastrous. No one should pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses resulting from an accident that was no fault of your own.
Sadly, many auto accidents result in a fatality. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. While it doesn’t replace your loved one, it may protect your family’s financial future.
Call the office of Oldham and Delcamp Trial Attorneys today at 727-610-6758 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online. Oldham and Delcamp serve Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Citrus, Hernando Lake, and Marion Counties.
Don’t delay—the sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you. Time is of the essence due to the Florida statute of limitation for filing your case. Fight for the justice you deserve by contacting us as soon as possible. We can help as your slip and fall lawyer, DUI law and auto accident attorney as well as rear-end accidents attorney, trucking accidents attorney and premises liability lawyer. We can also help as your wrongful death attorney, assault and battery lawyer, and criminal theft attorney.
Oldham & Delcamp is a member of the Attorney’s Real Estate Council of Broward County, is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association, and is the former chair of the Real Property section.
When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney that is aggressive, responsive, and experienced. Oldham & Delcamp is committed to making sure that each of our clients receives the personalized attention of one of our attorneys.