There’s no doubt about the fact that Florida has a high senior population. The state is just so warm, welcoming, and full of sunshine that seniors from all over the United States come here to retire. This has its good points. Many neighborhoods are populated by safe, kind retired individuals and couples who keep their homes well and just want to relax in the sun. You could get some great neighbors out of this deal!

Of course, a high population of seniors could also have its problems. One that concerns many people is the prevalence of auto accidents that are related to senior citizens.  It’s true, of course, that tiny old women with perms and elderly gentlemen in Hawaiian shirts may cause some serious accidents, harmless as they seem.

It’s just a fact of life that as the human body starts to age, it starts to lose some of its youthful faculties that make for good driving. Eyesight and even hearing start to go, and many times older people also have much slower reflexes. This last problem can be the most troubling because it can mean slowed reaction times and wrecks that are started rather than avoided.

However, it would be wrong to assume that all or even most of the accidents in Florida are caused by older people who are still behind the wheel. In fact, many accidents are caused by other avoidable factors. The main cause of accidents in older adults and everyone else, in fact, is distraction. Whether it’s a mom distracted by her children or a teenager distracted by a text message, this is the leading cause of auto accidents everywhere.

Unfortunately, someone else’s short text message can become your intensive care hospital stay if a major accident is caused. If this has happened to you, it may be time to consult with a Ft. Lauderdale auto accident attorney to help you sort the mess out. No matter whether your accident was caused by a senior citizen or not, getting help from a lawyer is a great idea.