Arizona car crash: Increase in accidents caused by older drivers

Numerous seniors flock to Arizona in their retirement years to take advantage of the warm weather. Unfortunately, there is concern about the increase in auto collisions that have been caused by those in the elderly community. While a car crash can happen to anyone, the age factor does matter.

While those drivers in the 16 to 29-year-old age group are considered responsible for the most car accidents nationwide, the car crash rate for those in the 70 plus age range is increasing. As there are approximately 40 million licensed seniors on the roads, this is not surprising. Unfortunately, with age comes slower response times and vision and other health problems that can affect one's driving abilities.

Being able to drive offers independence, however, and taking away one's license can have a dramatic affect on his or her daily life. As a safety measure, for seniors living in Arizona, the state has certain requirements that must be met in order for those in this population to keep their driving privileges. These include that, those 60 years of age and older must renew their licenses every five years and vision tests must be passed for renewal.

When an elderly person causes a car crash that results in injury or fatality, it is normal for the victim or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members to question whether that individual had a valid license or if any form of negligence contributed to the incident. If such issues are suspected, it may be possible to seek compensation through legal means. Civil claims may be filed and litigated in an Arizona court in an effort to recoup any losses resulting from an accident.

Source:, "Seniors causing more crashes", Shelby Edwards, Nov. 28, 2015

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