As cliched as it may seem, older drivers are statistically more likely to be a victim of motor vehicle accident fatalities. According the the AMA, drivers aged 75 or older are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents per mile of driving than their middle aged counterparts. Because elderly drivers are generally more physically fragile than younger drivers, they are more likely to suffer a fatal injury in a motor vehicle accident.
The Kentucky state government has taken accident to mitigate the greater risk of traffic accident fatalities among older drivers by involving the Kentucky Medical Review Board. This state board works to identify drivers who have impairments that can reduce their ability to safely operate a vehicle on Kentucky highways, and offers medical advise to the Division of Driver Licensing concerning drivers and applicants who are reported to the Board.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident involving an elderly driver, there may be some additional liability if the elderly driver in question was not medically eligible for their driver’s license. An elderly driver can put an additional layer of complexity to the case. It’s important for you to contact a Kentucky personal injury attorney with experience handling motor vehicle fatality cases involving older drivers.
Meinhart, Smith & Manning are qualified to handle any Kentucky motor vehicle accident case, including those involving elderly or mature drivers. Please contact us at (877) 776-1219 or stop by our offices to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.