In a recent car accident, a 100-year-old backed his car right over a sidewalk and slammed into more than 10 people. Nine of these walkers were pedestrians from a nearby elementary school, according to the Huffington Post.
Four of the kids were listed in critical condition. The injured pedestrians were eventually stabilized and then listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
The accident happened when the elderly driver's Cadillac backed over the group of parents and students who were purchasing snacks from a vendor. As the elderly driver plowed through the group, parents and kids banged on the Cadillac's windows and yelled for him to stop. Unfortunately, he didn't stop before children were underneath his vehicle. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, there were shoes, books, backpacks and other child belongings strewn about the scene of the accident, right across the street from Main Street Elementary.
Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand the risks that pedestrians face on our roadways, especially our younger pedestrians. The trouble with this accident is that the elderly driver, who turns 101 on September 5th, should have been able to prevent the tragedy. He claims that his brakes failed. The driver was pulling out of the parking lot of the nearby grocery store. Instead of backing up smoothly into the street, he backed right over a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Police Capt. George Rodriguez says that he thinks that the accident was a miscalculation on the driver's behalf. He goes on to add that there is some obvious impairment of the driver's ability behind the wheel.
The fact of the matter is that elderly drivers have been involved in a number of roadway tragedies in recent years. Remember back in 2003 when an 86-year-old driver accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake and plowed through an open-air market? That was the accident that killed 10 people and injured more than 60 others.
California's Department of Motor vehicles required drivers over the age of 70-years-old to renew their driver's license in person at the office. These drivers aren't allowed to renew through the mail or via internet. Some of them are even required to complete a supplemental driving test if they can't pass a vision text or if someone raises concerns about their ability to drive.
According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), elderly people, or those over the age of 64-years-old, accounted for nearly 15 percent of the country's population in 2010. Of these individuals, there were nearly 5,000 who were killed in car accidents. There were another 190,000 injured in these same incidents. During the year, about 7 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country involved these elderly drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.
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