A Polk County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was killed on Sunday, December 12 when an SUV struck him at a central Florida 7-Eleven store in Winter Haven about 10:30 in the morning, reports WPBF. The sergeant had just exited his vehicle when a Cadillac Escalade driven by a 79-year old rammed into his police vehicle, causing it to spin 180 degrees. The Escalade also crashed a metal barrier and hit a store and the owner of the store as she stood outside. Investigators are attempting to determine what happened to cause the Escalade to travel out of control.
Florida Elderly Drivers
Many people assume that an older driver must be the at-fault driver, but statistics in the state tell a different story. Drivers age 20-24 had the highest number of crashes in our state in 2009 at 44,788 with 15-to-19 year olds responsible for 29,482 crashes. There were 2,000 crashes involving 85-to-89 year olds, and drivers age 90 plus were involved in 675 crashes.
The death rate for older drivers in Florida decreased after a vision screening law passed in the state for anyone over the age of 80. Between 2001 and 2006, federal statistics show the overall death rates for all drivers rose slightly, while the fatality rate for older drivers fell 17 percent.
When there is some question about the at-fault driver, an experienced Florida auto accident attorney can ask the right questions to determine how an 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 his family.