Two elderly residents of Naples were killed on the interstate in Southwest Florida on Saturday, May 1 in a Florida head-on collision. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the elderly residents’ 2004 Lincoln left the southbound lane of I-75 and drifted across the median hitting a northbound truck at mile marker 148. Based on a naplesnews.com report, the truck driver swerved to avoid the car, but he hit its driver side. He went to Charlotte Regional Hospital with “non-incapacitating injuries,” the Highway Patrol reported.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of these accident victims in this tragic and sudden accident. They are in our prayers.
Elderly Drivers Accident Statistics
In Florida, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. While teens make up only 6% of the driving population in Florida, they are involved in 14 % of the fatal crashes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Drivers 20-24 had the highest number of fatal crashes in Florida in 2008 amounted to 546. Compare those numbers to drivers over the age of 90. They were involved in only 18 fatal crashes in 2008, reports the FHP.
Many people assume that an older driver must be the at-fault driver, but statistics in the state tell a different story. Drivers 20-24 had the highest number of fatal crashes in Florida in 2008, 546, while drivers in the 80-84 age range had only 66. The same patterns are true for alcohol-related crashes with drivers in the 20-24 age range responsible for the most alcohol related crashes in the state, 158, in 2008. Drivers 90 plus were responsible for zero alcohol-related accidents.
What has improved the death rate involving older drivers is a vision screen law that passed in Florida for drivers over the age of 80. Between 2001 and 2006, federal statistics show overall death rates for all drivers rose slightly, while the fatality rate for older drivers fell 17 percent. A Jacksonville accident attorney can consult with a family when an elder driver is involved in an accident to determine who the actual at-fault driver is and how their insurance policy will apply in an accident case that involves an uninsured or underinsured driver. The best Florida personal injury law firm will always offer a free and comprehensive session with the injured victim and their families.