I was injured because an older driver pulled out in front of me and caused me to crash. I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t think he should be driving any more. What can I do?
It is true that drivers have a more difficult time driving the older they get as their vision deteriorates, their reflexes get slower, and they may suffer from confusion or attention issues. For this reason, the state of Florida has older-age driving requirements in place to help make sure that certain elderly drivers know when it’s time to turn in their car keys.
Seniors who are over the age of 80 are required to pass an eye exam every six years in order to get their driver’s licenses renewed. However, because a senior’s vision can change within six years, it is possible that the driver who pulled out in front of you needs to get his eyesight checked again.
While you cannot force someone to get his eyes checked or turn in his car keys, you can write in to the Division of Motorist Services and let them know of your concerns with the other driver involved in the car crash. The Division might ask that driver to come in to get his eyes examined (depending on his age), or they may request a vision report or medical report from that driver. If the driver fails to follow through or fails the vision examination, the Division may temporarily suspend his license.
Although you may feel badly reporting on the older driver, you still need to pursue justice and collect a fair financial recovery that you are due for your injuries and damages. If you need legal advice or help negotiating with the other driver’s insurance company, call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with a South Florida personal injury lawyer today in a complimentary consultation.