Senior Citizens & Car Accidents
Compensation for Victims & Families
If you are a senior citizen involved in a car accident, the chances are
that you suffered more serious injury than a younger person might have
in a similar accident. You might also be fighting an uphill battle when
it comes to recovering for your damages after your accident. The other
driver and his or her lawyer might attempt to use stereotypes of older
drivers being less safe. Insurance companies might also try to portray
your injuries as being related to pre-existing conditions and therefore
not related to the accident.
Also, medical insurance companies and Medicare will demand reimbursement,
which can leave you in debt. Experienced car accident attorneys can help
you overcome these obstacles to get the compensation you deserve. If you
are a senior citizen involved in a car accident in Maryland, Virginia,
and Washington, DC and are having trouble, the lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman,
Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. can help. Please schedule a free consultation today.
Senior Citizens Are Safe Drivers
Evidence shows that older drivers have built on a lifetime of experience
to become safer drivers. In recent research by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was shown that drivers between the ages
of 50-69 had the lowest involvement in
car accidents of any age group. Nearly 20% of licensed drivers below the age of 18,
11% of drivers aged 18-24, and 6% of drivers aged 25-49 were involved
in an accident over a given 1-year period. In contrast, only about 3%
of drivers aged 50 to 69 were involved in an accident and only 5% of drivers
over the age of 69 were involved in an accident.
Senior Citizens Suffer Disproportionate Injuries
Unfortunately, when a senior citizen driver is involved in an accident,
he or she is more likely to suffer serious injuries. Older women are especially
susceptible to serious injuries as a result of even low-speed car accidents.
A driver aged 65 or older is more than four times more likely to suffer
a severe injury in a car accident than a driver aged 16-24, according
to NHTSA analysis of crash data. This is true for all types of accidents,
Why You Need a Lawyer's Help
If you are in an accident and injured, your expenses may initially be covered
by Medicare and/or other insurance. However, once you receive a settlement,
these insurers will ask to be reimbursed out of that settlement. In seeking
compensation, it is important to evaluate how much you are likely to get
and whether it will even cover the sums paid by health insurers.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C., we have helped over
10,000 accident victims who have suffered serious injuries. We can look
at the facts in your case and help you decide what might be the best course
of action for you. Please schedule a
free case evaluation today to see what a personal injury lawyer in Washington, DC can do for
your claim or lawsuit.