If an elderly driver caused your traffic accident and injuries in Brandon, Florida, you may be able to pursue them for compensation in an insurance claim or civil suit. This process may allow you to secure a payout that covers your medical care, time away from work, car repairs, and more.
A Brandon elderly driver lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to represent you throughout this process, handling all necessary communication with the insurance companies, courts, and other parties, as well as building your case and gathering evidence.
A skilled motor vehicle collision attorney can review the facts of your accident to determine if you have a viable case against the driver who hit you. Call today to get started with your no-cost case review.
Causes of Elderly Driver Accidents in Florida
Elderly driver collisions are not uncommon in Brandon. According to the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs, almost 30% of drivers in the state were age 60 or older in 2018. You yourself may be a part of this population.
In many cases, elderly driver accidents have very little to do with the age of the driver. They occur in the same way that younger drivers cause wrecks. Elderly drivers may violate traffic laws and make careless mistakes that put others sharing the roadway at risk. This could include anything from running a red light to failing to yield the right-of-way to following too closely and causing a rear-end accident.
In other cases, though, elderly drivers fail to recognize how their advancing age or medical conditions may contribute to increasing their risk of a traffic accident. This may include:
- Concerns about eyesight, especially low vision at night
- Increased reaction time
- Decreased ability to make quick decisions
- Drowsiness and fatigue
Our well-practiced Brandon elderly driver crash attorneys can investigate your case, identify the liable party, and collect evidence of their negligence when we represent you.
Learn More About Our Commitment to Putting Our Clients First
When you work with a Brandon elderly driver wreck lawyer from the Distasio Law Firm on your case, we can work to hold the driver who caused your accident accountable. We provide comprehensive legal services so that our clients can focus on healing from their accident injuries. These services may include:
- Assigning liability to the driver who caused your accident
- Gathering evidence to support your claim against them
- Communicating with any involved parties on your behalf
- Protecting your rights to take legal action
- Documenting your injuries and their value
- Filing an insurance claim and demanding a just payout
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Preparing the paperwork for a civil suit, if this becomes necessary
- Building a legal case against the driver who caused your accident
- Representing you on trial and presenting evidence to show liability
Our team also answers the questions our clients have, address any emergent concerns, and keep them up to date about their case throughout this process. If you want to learn more or are curious about whether you can hold the driver who caused your accident legally and financially responsible, call Distasio Law Firm today. A representative of our firm is standing by to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation on your case.
Recoverable Damages Following a Brandon Traffic Collision
The Distasio Law Firm may be able to pursue damages on your behalf following your elderly driver accident. This may include:
- Current and future treatment and other expenses related to care for your accident injuries
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish and other noneconomic losses
If a member of your family passed from their accident injuries, you may qualify to recover damages known as wrongful death damages. These differ from the damages available in a personal injury case and focus on the losses experienced by qualifying immediate family members. Wrongful death actions are allowed under Florida Statutes § 768.21. Our team can help you understand this process and the potentially available damages.
Statute of Limitations on Pursuing Legal Action in Florida
Florida law sets a deadline on how long you have to hold the liable driver responsible in a civil court under Florida Statutes § 95.11. The general deadlines set under this law include four years from the date of the accident for a personal injury lawsuit and two years for a wrongful death lawsuit. Failing to act within this timeline means that a court could dismiss your lawsuit.
If you are considering filing a claim or are wondering about the deadlines in your case, reach out to a seasoned elderly driver crash attorney in Brandon today for a complimentary case evaluation.
Schedule a Consultation with an Elderly Driver Attorney
You can discuss your accident with a member of our team today at no cost to you. We can review your injuries and the details of your accident to determine if we believe you qualify to take legal action under the state’s car accident laws. If so, a Brandon elderly driver lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to build a case to seek compensation and hold the at-fault driver accountable.
Call now to get started. We offer representation on a contingency-fee basis with no advanced payments required. Our clients only pay us attorney fees if and when they recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.