Are you a driver over age 65?
Do you suffer from arthritis, aches and pains or a stiff neck?
Do you sometimes find it hard to see?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be
at an increased risk of a West Palm Beach left turn accident.
Numerous studies show that drivers over 65 are at an increased risk of
car accident injuries and car accident fatalities. This group is second
in risk only to the 16-19 age group.
Most car accidents involving older drivers occur at intersections. The
risk of an intersection accident, especially a left-turn accident, increases
with age. Why?
Left turns are complicated maneuvers. A driver must watch for traffic
in all directions and make quick decisions based on their observations.
A stiff neck, difficulty seeing, slow reflexes, or a memory slip can easily
contribute to a West Palm Beach left turn accident.
Because left-turn accidents often involve side-impact collisions, the
injuries sustained in such an accident can be especially severe. If a
driver already has health problems, injuries are more likely to be fatal.
If you are an elderly driver, you can reduce your chance of an accident
with proper safety precautions. Craig Goldenfarb, a
car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, suggests the following:
1. Complete a Florida driver improvement course. Driver improvement courses
are offered at most West Palm Beach driving schools. The four hour basic
course costs about thirty dollars and takes four hours. It is well worth
the time and money if the skills you learn prevent you from being injured
in a West Palm Beach car crash.
2. Always wear your seatbelt. If you are in a West Palm Beach car crash,
a seatbelt is your best protection from serious injury.
3. Avoid driving when there is low visibility due to weather (rain, sleet,
and snow) or darkness.
4. Avoid driving in heavy traffic and at peak hours.
5. If you tire easily, avoid driving long distances
6. Never drive while taking a medication that causes drowsiness, lightheadedness,
dizziness, vision changes, or any other side effect that could impair
7. Never drink and drive.
8. If you feel stiff and sore and it is hard to turn your neck, avoid driving.
9. Get your eyes checked every year and always wear your corrective lenses
You can learn more about left turn accidents in our article, "Deadly Left Turns: Your Guide To West Palm Beach Intersection Accidents".
If you have been injured in a West Palm Beach car accident that was not
your fault, a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach may be able to help
you get compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605 to learn more.
Wondering if a settlement offer is fair? Don't sign anything until
your read Craig Goldenfarb's book,
What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know.