Elderly-Related Car Accidents
If you’ve been injured by the negligence of an elderly driver, we can help you understand your options. At the Wolfe Law Firm, our skilled Randolph County car accident lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe knows how to assist victims who have been harmed by a careless or reckless motorist. We compassionately represent ordinary people from Elkins, Buckhannon, Morgantown, and throughout West Virginia. Mr. Wolfe’s knowledge and dedication have helped many of our clients get compensation for a wide range of injuries caused by elderly-related car accidents.Risks Created by Senior Citizens Driving
Driving can be a challenging task for the elderly because of the precision, high level of alertness, and keen reflexes that it requires. While many people over the age of 65 are in great health, others face natural declines in vision and mental acuity that can contribute to split-second mistakes. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, senior citizens may have a hard time detecting stationary and moving objects, which can influence their perceptions of cars and pedestrians. In the state of West Virginia, there are no special driving requirements for elderly people, but they can be held liable in a negligence claim if their carelessness in operating vehicles harms others on the road.Pursuing Compensation After an Elderly-Related Car Accident
To establish a negligence claim, the victim of a car crash must prove the following four elements:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty to drive with reasonable care;
- The defendant breached that duty by failing to use reasonable care while driving;
- The defendant’s breach caused the accident; and
- The victim suffered injuries and damages as a result.
Driving with reasonable care means handling a car as a reasonably prudent driver would handle it in similar circumstances. For example, elderly drivers with vision problems who fail to wear corrective lenses while driving might be held liable for accidents caused by their blurred eyesight. Some medications can make people feel drowsy, which is dangerous when operating a vehicle. A senior citizen who drives under the influence of those medications might have breached the duty of reasonable care if his or her lack of alertness causes a crash.
Under West Virginia law, an accident victim may seek compensation for his or her injuries from the at-fault party. Damages can span objective, economic types of harm and more subjective, non-economic types of harm. The first category can include compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitative expenses, lost wages, and property damages to a vehicle. The second category can include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and similar damages. The extent to which a victim can recover depends on the nature and severity of his or her injuries. Our firm will work with experts in the field to determine what compensation you should pursue for your current and future injuries.Consult a Randolph County Lawyer Following a Crash
If you’re a victim who has been injured in an elderly-related car accident, you should discuss your case with Randolph County attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe. He is committed to providing accident victims with all the resources they need to pursue the compensation that they deserve. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we will investigate the facts of your case and help you get your life back on track. Call our office today at 877-637-5756 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with an attorney.