If you suffered serious injuries in a Riverview, Florida, traffic accident caused by an elderly driver, it may be possible to hold them accountable for their negligent actions. A Riverview elderly driver lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you navigate this process if you meet the qualifications necessary to take action. A member of our team serving the greater Tampa Bay area will review your case for free today.

At Distasio Law Firm, we know how frustrating it can be to suffer injuries because of another driver’s negligence and be left holding the bills and financial stress. We do not believe this is right and want to help you recover a payout and possibly hold the careless driver liable. Call today to speak with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. 

Florida Has a Growing Population of Senior Drivers

Florida has a large population of senior citizens. According to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, approximately one out of every three drivers in Florida was age 60 or older during 2018. While most of these seniors are able to drive safely and follow all traffic laws, some are not.

Many traffic accidents in Riverview and Hillsborough County occur because of careless mistakes, no matter the driver’s age. Many seniors make the same types of errors that a younger driver might—failing to stop in time, failing to yield when turning, distracted driving, and improper lane changes, for example.

In some cases, elderly drivers may have impairments related to their age or medical concerns that can affect their ability to drive and lead to accidents. Some examples include:

  • Low vision, especially after dark
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Poor judgment
  • Drowsiness and fatigue caused by medications or illness

When an Elderly Driver Causes an Accident

As the elderly population in Florida continues to grow, these problems may become even more common. When an elderly driver causes an accident that leads to your injuries, you may have a right to hold them responsible.

If we accept your case, a car accident lawyer in Riverview from Distasio Law Firm can get to the bottom of how the elderly driver acted negligently, including whether it was a careless mistake or more serious concern about their driving abilities. In either case, we may be able to pursue compensation from their insurer or a Hillsborough County civil court to cover your accident-related expenses and losses.

Building a Case Against an Elderly Driver in Riverview

At Distasio Law Firm, we commit to providing personalized services and support for injured car accident victims. We handle their legal cases while they focus on treatment and physical recovery. We work based on contingency, so you will not need to worry about how to pay for our services. We only take payment from the settlement or payout we secure in your case.

If we take on your case, we will work to assign liability and hold the liable party responsible for your damages. This includes providing the financial resources necessary to develop your case and see it through. You can also count on us to answer your pressing questions, address any threats to your case, and keep you up to date throughout the claims process.

We will put a fair settlement value on your case and seek compensation that meets this value. If you lost a family member to an elderly driver accident, we would like to offer our condolences, as well as our services. We pursue wrongful death cases for surviving family members who qualify to take legal action under Florida Statutes §768.21.

Let the team from Distasio Law Firm review the details of your case for free today. We will preliminarily determine if you qualify to take legal action during this initial consultation.

Recovering Compensation for Your Outstanding Expenses and Losses

As a part of holding the elderly driver who caused your injuries accountable, a Riverview elderly driver attorney from Distasio Law Firm may seek compensation that includes the following types of damages:

  • Current and future treatment costs and related care
  • Current and future lost income and benefits
  • Diminished earning ability
  • Property damages
  • Out-of-pocket charges
  • Pain and suffering

Statute of Limitations on Car Accident Cases in Florida

Per Florida Statutes 95.11, there is a statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit based on a Riverview traffic accident. In general, you have up to four years to file your lawsuit. If you are pursuing wrongful death damages, you may only have up to two years. There are also other deadlines that may apply.

Distasio Law Firm will need to navigate a number of other steps before we know if we need to file a lawsuit, and this takes time. We recommend calling us as soon as possible after the accident so we can go to work right away if you qualify to hold the other driver liable.

Contact a Riverview Elderly Driver Attorney Today

A Riverview elderly driver lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you with your traffic accident case. Discuss your collision with a member of our team today to learn more about your rights and the options you have for seeking justice.

You can reach Distasio Law Firm today. A team member is available to evaluate your case at no cost to you. We will discuss the possibility of holding the at-fault motorist responsible for your Riverview elderly driver traffic accident. Call now.