On Sunday, March 18, two pedestrians died after Palm Beach County accidents caused by elderly drivers. These accidents have left many local residents wondering, "How old is too old to drive?"
Sixty-six-year-old Luciana Porto was leaving St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deerfield Beach when an 88-year-old parishioner backed onto the sidewalk and right in to Ms. Porto. The elderly driver continued across the church lawn dragging her victim beneath the vehicle.
The second fatal Palm Beach accident occurred in Delray Beach. Anita Lobel was walking out of a store when an 89-year-old driver backed up over her.
Palm Beach car accident attorney David Glatthorn explains that most elderly drivers are safe drivers. They have the skills and experience to avoid crashes. But, these skills can't always compensate for physical limitations. Per-miles-driven crash rates begin to increase at the age of 70, and drivers over the age of 80 have crash rates similar to those of the most inexperienced drivers. The rates increase dramatically after age 80, so drivers over age 85 have the highest crash rates of all.
Twenty percent of Florida drivers are over the age of 65. In Florida, drivers age 80 and older must pass a vision test each time they renew their license. Drivers must decide for themselves when they are too old to drive.
Are you concerned about a loved one's risk of becoming a Palm Beach accident victim? Read our article, "Senior Car Crash Risk: Why Do The Odds of West Palm Beach Auto Accident Injury Increase With Age?" To discuss an injury claim with a Palm Beach car accident attorney, contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.