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Why extremes of age can make for dangerous drivers

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2022 | Personal Injury

Life is cyclical. You start helpless, needing others to do things for you, and if you live long enough, you may need others to care for you once again in the final years of your life.

In between, you become capable of doing most things for yourself. Driving is one of them.

You cannot get a Florida learner’s permit till you are 15 because younger kids may not have the strength to operate a vehicle or the maturity to make wise driving decisions.

Once you hit 80, you must renew your license every six years by taking a vision test. Many states require testing and revalidation from 70 onward.

Does that mean anyone in between those ages is safe?

Just because someone holds a license does not mean they are safe, especially if they are toward either end of the age spectrum.

The ability to do things for yourself comes down to your physical and mental capacities. When you are very young, you do not have the reach or strength to drive a car, and you do not have the ability or maturity to make safety judgments.

The same can apply when someone reaches old age. They may lack the strength to turn the wheel or press the brake pedal. Their sight and hearing worsen, making them less able to note dangers. Their mind may also begin to slow or fail, impairing their ability to make the right decision and taking them longer to react.

If you are in a collision with a very young or very old driver, there is a good chance that their age played a role in the crash. Getting legal help to argue that will be crucial to getting the compensation you need.