Pedestrians Are At Risk Of Being Hit By Older Drivers In Florida. What Is The State Doing To Help Increase Pedestrian Safety?
It is true that the crash rate for older drivers increases as they age. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, there is a sharp increase in accidents at the age of 80, and drivers over 85 have the highest rate of deadly crashes per miles driven. Because Florida has a large amount of elderly drivers due to our large senior population, there are older-age requirements in place in our state to help keep drivers and pedestrians safe.
While Florida’s senior driver testing isn’t as strict as some states, the law does require older drivers age 80 and older to pass an eye exam every six years in order to renew their driver’s licenses. However, many people believe this law isn’t enough and more should be done. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new guidelines to help keep elderly drivers and other sharing the road with them as safe as possible. If these new guidelines are adopted, older driving laws would be improved in Florida as well as across every state.
Until then, some cities and counties across Florida are improving intersections and sidewalks, and creating more bike and pedestrian paths to increase overall safety. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Florida, it is important to talk with a skilled accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation.