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Elderly Drivers a Growing Problem?

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We’re all aware that the aging baby-boomer generation is creating all kinds of societal concerns such as the solvency of social security, the increase in health care costs, and the availability of nursing home care. But what about all the elderly drivers that will be on the road?

A few months about I counseled a client in her 80s who was being prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter. She had run a red light and broadsided a vehicle being driven by a teenaged girl. The girl died at the scene. It was a very sad set of circumstances, and all I could do was help this elderly woman find a good criminal defense lawyer to help her in the criminal case.

I have another client who was injured in a similar manner, when she was broadsided by a 92-year-old driver who ran a stop sign. Thankfully my client wasn’t seriously injured, but she related that the elderly driver was clearly demented and was speaking incoherently at the scene of the accident.

Yesterday, I read another sad car accident story involving an elderly driver. The driver of a commercial vehicle was killed last Thursday in the Poway area when he collided a car trying to make a u-turn in front of him.

Sheriff’s Traffic Investigator Todd Murphy said a 72-year-old Santee woman driving a four-door Toyota sedan was heading north, about a half mile north past Poway Road, when she either started to make a U-turn or was merging onto the road from the shoulder.

The big rig, which was carrying a load of hot asphalt, was behind the Toyota. The truck driver lost control as he tried to avoid hitting the car, and the truck then overturned at least once and went down a 30-foot embankment, Murphy said.

The driver was identified as 54-year-old Mickey Dean Jones of El Cajon. The elderly driver did not appear hurt, but, according to reports, was “incoherent” at the scene.

Now I would be speculating to conclude that age played a role in the cause of this car accident, but it certainly would not surprise me. Automobile accidents caused by elderly drivers is a issue that we should all be concerned about.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.