Pets Can Be a Deadly Distraction for West Palm Beach Drivers

Dogs love riding in cars and many motorists in West Palm Beach take their canine family members with them when they get in their vehicle. Unfortunately, having a pet in the car can be very risky for motorists. 

A driver with a pet in the car may be distracted and may endanger himself and others. Victims of a collision with a distracted driver need to understand their legal rights and should consult with a personal injury attorney.

Pets are a Dangerous Distraction for West Palm Beach Drivers

Esurance provides disturbing information about the major risks associated with having pets in your vehicle with you when you are driving.

According to a 2011 survey jointly conducted by AAA and Kurgo 65 percent of people who drive with their dogs admit that they have reached back, taken photos, held down their pet, or pet their dog while they were driving.

It takes just two seconds of driving while distracted to significantly increase the risk of a collision according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers who look away to deal with their pets may look away for much longer and are not focusing their full attention on the road.

If a driver does get into a collision when distracted by a pet, the animal may be at risk and may endanger everyone in the car. An unrestrained pet can turn into a projectile and fly around the vehicle, striking occupants. A 10-pound dog that is not restrained can generate as much as 500 pounds of force if the animal is in a car that crashes while the vehicle is going at least 50 miles per hour. An 80-pound dog can generate around 2,400 pounds of force even in a collision where the driver is going just 20 miles per hour.

Avoiding Dangerous Distractions

Although your pet can be dangerous, you don’t have to give up taking your dog along. There are plenty of ways to travel safely and avoid the risk a pet can present. For example, there are two common ways to restrain your pet both to prevent the dog from distracting you and to ensure the pet doesn’t fly around the car in a collision.

One option is to use a pet seat belt. These seat belts should be purchased separately as using human seat belts is ineffective and dangerous. Pet seat belts should be sized appropriately for your animal and they work in tandem with regular car belts. Pets in seat belts should sit in the back seat and not the front as air bags can cause serious injuries to animals.

Pet carriers are also a safe way to transport your pet in the car. Be sure to select a carrier that has enough room for your dog to turn around in and to stretch out in. The carrier should have plenty of room and you should secure it within the car so it stays safely in place if you get into a collision or if you are forced to break suddenly.

Personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach can help. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit http://www.gonzalezcartwright.com/ to schedule a free consultation. 

West Palm Beach Drivers Urged to be “Tire-Wise”

Summers in West Palm Beach are known for hot weather, which can be great for those who want to hit the beach. Unfortunately, the heat is not necessarily very good for tires. Warm weather can add to the risk of a blowout, which can cause a serious accident. Tire Safety Week was scheduled in early June of this year to remind drivers about best practices when it comes to tire safety. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provided some important safety tips to kick off Tire Safety Week. Drivers should follow the advice of the NHTSA to avoid the chances of an accident occurring. Unfortunately, sometimes tires are simply poorly made or dangerously designed and there is nothing that the motorist can do to decrease the risks. When an accident happens because of tire defects, lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., can help.

Tire Safety Tips to Prevent Collisions

The NHTSA recommends that all drivers check their tires regularly and that they replace tires when they become worn out due to damage or age. Proper tire maintenance can extend the average tire life by as much as 4,700 miles, so keeping up on maintaining tires can save you money. More importantly, taking care of your tires could help save your life by helping you avoid blowouts.

The most important maintenance step to take for your tires is to ensure that they are inflated to the proper level. This affects durability, safety and fuel consumption. Other maintenance tasks that should be performed regularly include balancing and aligning the tires, which will help them to last longer.

Even with the very best maintenance, however, tires do wear and age. Drivers should check their tires regularly to see if the tread has become too worn for safe use.

The components of the tire, such as the rubber, can also begin to break down over time even if the tire is not used often or when the tire is sitting in storage. Warmer weather can make tire aging worse, which is especially a problem for motorists living in West Palm Beach where it is warm year round. Follow the instructions of your tire manufacturers regarding how long your tires can be safely stored or used and replace them when it is time.

Finally, drivers are advised to sign up for NHTSA alerts and to make sure that their tires are registered with the manufacturer so that they will be notified of any possible recalls that may occur. If a tire is recalled due to a design problem or defect, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible for any losses that occurred because of the tire problems.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today at 800-608-2965 or visit http://www.gonzalezcartwright.com/ to schedule a free consultation. 

West Palm Beach Motorcyclists Continue to Face Accident Risks

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) had some good news for motorcycle riders this May. The agency released a Spotlight on Highway Safety report that revealed a seven percent decline in motorcycle accident deaths in 2012.  This is only the second time since 1997 that U.S. motorcycle fatalities decreased. The decrease occurred nationwide, but also within the state of Florida. 

While a reduction in motorcycle accident deaths is good news, unfortunately it does mean that motorcyclists are that much safer on the roads. Forbes reports that while deaths are down, this can be explained by changes in weather and the economy rather than by the fact that riding a motorcycle has  become safer. Motorcyclists continue to be at greater risk of injury or death than most other motorists on the roads, and it is important for drivers and riders to follow safety advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If a driver is responsible for causing a motorcycle collision, the rider can take legal action to obtain compensation for serious injuries. Lawyers in West Palm Beach  can help motorcycle accident victims and their family members to pursue a damage claim after a collision occurs.

Motorcycle Accident Risks for West Palm Beach Riders

According to the GHSA report, there were 222 motorcycle fatalities in Florida in the first six months of 2012 and 326 deaths in the first nine months of that same year. In 2013, the number of deaths in the first six months dropped to 207 and in the first nine months, there were 303 deaths. This is a seven percent decline in the number of motorcyclists killed, which is the same as the decline in deaths that occurred nationwide.

The biggest factor that explains the reduction in fatalities is the fact that the weather was better in 2012 than in 2013.  The first six months of 2012 were unusually warm and dry nationwide, while the first half of 2013 brought colder and wetter weather that resulted in fewer motorcyclists on the road. Improving economic conditions may have also meant that more people could afford the costs of a car and gas, thus reducing the need for commuting using a motorcycle.

Hoping for worse weather is not the best way to reduce motorcycle deaths long-term, but instead more consistent use of proven accident prevention measures is necessary to keep motorcyclists safe.   Motorcyclists account for six times more deaths per registered vehicle than motor-vehicle passengers, and motorcyclists are much more likely to be hurt or killed in a crash compared to those in passenger vehicles.

The NHTSA cites helmet use and prevention of drunk driving as two of the most important factors that can credited with reducing the motorcyclist death rate over the long-term. The agency also recommends that:

  • Motorcycle riders wear a helmet compliant with Department of Transportation (DOT guidelines) as well as other protective gear.
  • Motorcycle riders ensure they have proper licensing and training.
  • Both motorcyclists and drivers avoid distracted driving.
  • Motorcyclists use turn signals and hand signals to indicate lane changes.
  • Motorcycle riders wear bright colored clothes and ride in the middle lane to be more visible to drivers.
  • Drivers allow motorcycle riders the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Drivers signal when merging or changing lanes and check blind spots carefully before doing either.

By following these tips, motorcycle riders and drivers can both do their part to continue the downward trend of motorcycle accidents that seemed to start in 2013.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation.

West Palm Beach Car Accidents: When Do You Need Legal Help?

April is both Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month.

At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. we understand distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving are the top causes of traffic collisions in the United States. And, while we sometimes call them “accidents,” few are not caused by one or more negligent acts of those involved.

Can a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach help?

We provide free consultations to injury victims in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas, because we believe everyone deserves access to quality legal representation in the wake of a serious or fatal traffic collision. Still, others ask whether they should seek help after a more “minor” incident or in cases where there are no serious injuries.

The answer, of course, is that it depends upon the facts and circumstances of your particular case. However, here is a certainty: It’s still free to speak to an experienced injury attorney and determine the best course of action.

The statute of imitations for personal injury and wrongful death in Florida is two years. This means your claim will likely be forever barred if not filed within 24 months of the date of accident or injury. However, as a practical matter your case begins to degrade more quickly. In cases where obviously dangerous behaviors may be to blame – distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving – pursuing a claim in the immediate aftermath of an incident offers the best chance for gathering the evidence needed to prove your claim in court. The more time passes, the less available evidence will be salvaged. Witnesses forget, change phone numbers and move. Seasonal variations, including vegetation growth, may materially alter the scene.

Most commonly, the reason for not pursuing a claim is a lack of apparent serious injury. However, there are many cases in which neck and back injuries are not readily apparent. Whether soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash, or something as serious or life threatening as a traumatic brain injury, gauging the long-term consequences of an accident by symptoms in the immediate aftermath is a fool-hardy endeavor, particularly if you are relying upon self diagnosis.

Ultimately, your ability to secure compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other losses will be directly impacted by your ability to connect your injuries and associated medical complications with the collision.

If you or a loved one is involved in a serious traffic accident, seek immediate medical attention as appropriate, and then begin to gather documentation. Pictures of the scene, before the cars are moved if possible, can be invaluable months later. Get the names and contact information of witnesses. Note whether traffic cameras or private security cameras might have captured the collision. And seek the advice of experienced legal counsel before talking to an insurance company.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation.

West Palm Beach Insurance Claims Best Handled with Experienced Legal Help

Each year, people in the United States pay more than $1 trillion in insurance premiums for car insurance, health insurance, homeowners’ insurance and other policies to protect from risk. Insurers collecting these premiums make average profits in excess of $30 billion annually.  They make so much money in part by making it difficult for insured policyholders to actually get the benefits they have been paying for in the event of a claim, sometimes for years on end. 

When you are in a car accident, you should not expect your insurer to treat you fairly. There are many different tactics that insurance companies use and many reasons why legitimate claims are denied. Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can assist in dealing with your insurer.

Tactics Insurers are Using to Avoid Paying Your Claim 

Allstate Insurance, named as number one on the list of the 10 worst insurance companies in the United States, developed a three-part approach to handling insurance claims. The three steps were: Delay, Deny, Defend. The company would deny legitimate claims, impose unreasonable delays on claims processing to demoralize policyholders and discourage lawyers from getting involved, and would aggressively defend itself in court when challenged.

A recent report from the American Association for Justice takes a close look at some of the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying out car insurance claims. These include:

  • Finding esoteric reasons to deny covered claims. In one example, a 60-year-old woman with a $2 million insurance policy tried to get coverage for a collapsed lung and broken bones caused by a motor vehicle collision. A pickup truck had crossed a double yellow line and hit her vehicle. The claim was denied because the incident was not an “accident,” according to the woman’s insurer. Instead, it was caused by “road rage.”
  • Rewarding claims handlers for claim denials. In some cases, representatives were given gifts like appliances and gift certificates for denying legitimate claims. Insurers also hosted pizza parties to celebrate high denial rates and low payouts.
  • Delaying claims until they cannot be paid. One particularly reprehensible example of this behavior involves avoiding paying long-term care insurance claims by delaying until the covered policyholder dies. However, delays are also detrimental to policyholders in auto insurance claims. If an insurer delays until the statute of limitations has expired, victims of collisions cannot sue at all. The delays could also result in policyholders becoming desperate as they incur medical bills and go weeks or months with no income because their injuries prevent work. A desperate policyholder might accept a lower payment just to get something.

These tactics show that you need someone on your side looking out for you. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after a collision is a smart choice to have the best chance of getting your insurer to accept responsibility.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation.

Sleeping Pills a Driving Risk for Elderly Motorists

In the past decade, the number of seniors with a driver’s license has increased 23 percent. Each day, there are 500 accidents involving senior drivers, many of which result from the impaired cognitive function and vision that go along with old age. Seniors over the age of 80 are at the greatest danger of a motor vehicle collision, although seniors begin to decline at different rates. 

Although age-related impairments make many seniors dangerous drivers, seniors are much less likely than younger people to consume alcohol before they drive. In fact, data shows only five percent of senior drivers have a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit at the time of a collision.

Unfortunately, while seniors might not be drunk, they may be on medication that affects their ability to drive safely. In fact, recent evidence indicates a growing trend of sleeping pill use among older Americans. Sleeping pills can increase the risk of collisions for drivers of all ages, but people over the age of 80 are especially at risk of side effects from these medications. This is especially a problem in the state of Florida, where 18.2 percent of the population is 65 and older as compared with a national average of 13.7 percent.

Victims of collisions with senior drivers on sleeping pills need to understand their rights and should contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney.

Sleeping Pills and Senior Drivers 

Seniors, for the most part, should not be taking sleeping pills. For people over the age of 80, sleeping pills reportedly  increase the risk of fatigue during the daytime and the risk of cognitive impairment.

Unfortunately, sleeping pills are frequently prescribed to elderly individuals who suffer from either physical or mental problems that affect sleep, such as arthritis. As many as five percent of people over the age of 80 take some type of prescription sleep aid. For many seniors, these medications may react with other drugs they are taking for other conditions. For example, 10 percent of participants in a recent study were taking three or more medications that had a sedating effect, including opioid pain killers which may be prescribed to people suffering from osteoarthritis.

Seniors who are taking multiple drugs should think carefully before driving to ensure that it is safe for them to do so. Families with older relatives should also stay involved, finding out what types of pills are being prescribed and taking steps to ensure that a senior is still able to drive. Roadwise RX is a program that allows you to enter your medications and to learn how the medications affect driving abilities.

Although sleeping pills are legal, individuals of all ages who do take sleeping pills could potentially be charged with the crime of impaired driving if the medications affect their ability to operate their vehicles safely. Just recently, for example, Kerry Kennedy faced criminal charges for causing a collision when sleeping pills affected her ability to drive. She reported that she had taken the medication by mistake, and was acquitted of the criminal charges.

A West Palm Beach accident attorney can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 to schedule a free consultation

Palm Beach DUI Risks Remain Top Concern in 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is continuing efforts in 2014 to encourage lawmakers to adopt regulations that could reduce drunk driving incidents. Florida has adopted the majority of the recommended laws but MADD’s 2014 Report to the Nation indicates that the state could do more. 

Drunk driving fatalities represented 29 percent of total traffic deaths in Florida in 2012, with 697 people losing their lives in collisions involving alcohol. This was a .4 percent increase from the prior year. Family members of victims who are killed have legal rights, as do victims hurt in a collision with an intoxicated motorist. A drunk driving attorney in West Palm Beach can help victims of drunk driving collisions. Contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A.,  today to schedule your free consultation.

Florida Can Take Steps to Combat Drunk Driving

Florida takes a tough stance on drunk driving and many regulations aim to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. For example, Florida allows for sobriety checkpoints and has a no refusal policy so drivers suspected of being impaired cannot decline to have their blood-alcohol content (BAC) tested without automatically losing their driver’s license. Child endangerment laws impose stricter penalties on drivers who are impaired with young people in the car and administrative license suspension (ALS) also occurs after a drunk driving arrest or refusal to submit to a BAC test.    Each of these laws has earned Florida a star for following MADD recommendations, giving the state four stars out of five.

Unfortunately, despite its tough laws, there are still hundreds of drunk drivers on the streets in Florida annually. MADD reports that:

  • 12,016 people were hurt in alcohol-related crashes in Florida in 2012.
  • A total of 17,199 Florida crashes involving alcohol occurred in 2012.
  • There were 53,664 arrests and 28,689 convictions of intoxicated motorists in Florida over the course of 2012.
  • A total of 18,268 drivers refused to take a blood alcohol content test over the course of the same year.
  • There were 113,076 three-time offenders and 11,681 five-time offenders in the state of Florida.

It is not uncommon for impaired motorists to drive drunk repeatedly, even after they have been caught and arrested. Florida could thus significantly improve its safety efforts by making one simple change: requiring ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for every offender convicted of driving drunk.

Lawmakers passed a law in 2008 that required the use of ignition interlock devices for first time offenders if they had a BAC above .15, but motorists convicted who were just over the .08 legal limit do not have to have one of these devices installed when they resume driving.   Drunk driving could be significantly reduced if all offenders had to use an IID, since there were more than 20,000 repeat DUI offenders arrested in Florida in 2010 who were driving on a suspended license.

Drunk driving not only has a devastating cost for victims, but it also has a huge financial cost as well.  The comprehensive economic cost of a drunk driving death is $5.2 million.  Florida lawmakers could save money and lives by following MADD’s recommendations and imposing an IID requirement for all convicted drunk driving offenders.

A drunk driving accident attorney in West Palm Beach can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com  to schedule a free consultation.

West Palm Beach Traffic Collisions: High Risk to Teens from Prom to Graduation

Traffic deaths are higher for teens during prom weekends than at any other time of the year. Prom weekends generally run from March 1 to May 21 and parents should be aware of the risks that their teens face during this time period. 

When a prom accident happens, the teen driver and his passengers are all at risk of injury or death. Other motorists could also be injured in the collision. Victims, including passengers, should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach for help understanding legal options. Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. can help.

Prom Season is a Dangerous Time for Teens

The Florida Department of Health discussed the risks teens face on prom night in A Prom to Remember. The DOH Office reports that there were no accident-related deaths on prom night between 2006 and 2011, in part because of 22 certified trauma centers around the state. These trauma centers have been able to more quickly and effectively treat teens involved in drunk driving crashes and other collisions, so fewer deaths occur during prom weekends.

While no fatalities occurred, it doesn’t mean the risks are any less real.  Teens have suffered injuries and have caused injuries to other motorists as a result of dangerous driving choices made after prom parties and celebrations.

The risks on prom weekends include not just the potential for teens to drive drunk, but also the dangers associated with having too many teens in the car. When a young teen driver has lots of passengers, the risk of accidents significantly increase. This is especially true if passengers consumed alcohol, even if the driver is sober. Young drivers can become distracted or engage in risky behavior to impress their friends, increasing the chance of a collision.

Schools are doing their part to underscore the dangers of bad driving choices on prom night. Channel 12 News indicates that Palm Beach high schools had special crash-reenactment events during prom season last year to give kids a firsthand look at collisions caused by both distracted and drunk driving. Similar programs are expected to take place as schools move into the 2014 prom season.

Parents, too, can play a role in reducing the accident risk. Safety Insurance recommends that parents:

  • Ensure their children have a fully-charged cell phone with them.
  • Make clear that kids can, and should, call for a ride at any time of the night, no questions asked, rather than getting into the car with a drunk driver.
  • Confirm the location of after-prom parties, and find out who will be there and whether there will be parental supervision.  A party that is not supervised is likely to involve alcohol and drug use.
  • Getting the complete itinerary before kids leave for the night.
  • Discussing the dangers that kids face on prom night.

With these tips, hopefully 2014 can be another prom season where there are no deaths in Florida.

A personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach can help accident victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com  to schedule a free consultation. 

West Palm Beach Drunk Driving Prevention in Focus

Drunk driving remains a top cause of fatal accidents, with as many as 40 percent of deadly traffic collisions still involving intoxicated motorists. In Florida alone, the NHTSA reports that 697 people were killed in 2012 in crashes where alcohol was believed to have played a role. 

These troubling statistics show that much more needs to be done to try to make the roads safe and prevent these senseless tragedies. This helps to explain why as many as three out of every four Americans has strongly endorsed the imposition of tougher penalties against drunk drivers as a means of reducing intoxication behind the wheel.

Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Drunken Drivers

Drunk driving accident attorneys in West Palm Beach know that a great deal of progress was made throughout the 1980s and 1990s in reducing the risk of drunk driving, and many of the programs and policies put in place during this time remain in effect today and continue to deter people from driving while intoxicated. New policies continue to develop and new laws continue to pass to try to further reduce the dangers.

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) has summarized some of the steps that are being taken, that have been pursued or that may be options in the future as a means of reducing drunk driving. Some of the different strategies that the NSC highlights include the following:

  • Screening programs and brief interventions. Typically, employers will offer screening to identify high-risk individuals and will offer intervention to try to provide assistance. Employers may offer these services as a part of the health benefits afforded to employees. In some cases, employers opt for screening and intervention because they want to protect their companies from potential liability of a drunk employee. Regardless of an employer’s motivation, screening and brief intervention has been shown in more than 360 studies to be the most cost-effective way of reducing dangerous drinking behavior and assisting people in getting the help that they require.
  • DWI court and additional prosecutions. The NHTSA is placing a priority on improving the prosecution of drunk driving offenses so offenders are not able to escape the consequences of their actions. DWI courts are also being established in an effort to make sure cases are tried expediently and properly.
  • Ignition interlock devices: Around a third of the 1.5 million drivers arrested each year for drunk driving have already been convicted at least one time. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that ignition interlock devices be required for all drunk driving offenders. This could help reduce the rates of re-offense and keep more drunk drivers off the roads.
  • High-visibility enforcements. When the public is reminded of the criminal consequences of drunk driving and made aware that police will be out in full force enforcing the law, this reduces the risk of drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoints and public service campaigns about drunk driving consequences around high-risk holidays are effective ways of reducing impaired driving.

All of these programs have made the roads much safer, but people continue to die in drunk driving offenses. Motorists need to make a commitment to always drive sober. Those who are hurt by drunk drivers can take legal action.

Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. has offices in West Palm Beach. Call 800-608-2965 today to schedule a free consultation

NHTSA Releases Guidelines to Help Senior Drivers Stay Safer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its first-ever Older Driver Highway Safety Programs Guidelines designed to address the problem of the aging driving population. The guidelines contain recommendations for states on how to incorporate best practices derived from senior-driving rules throughout the country. The NHTSA suggests that state driver’s license agencies, along with individual state Departments of Transportation, should work together with medical providers that assist seniors in order to help make sure that seniors (and especially high risk seniors) don’t drive when it is no longer safe for them to do so. 

Car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach know that demographics are changing and that a huge number of drivers on roads throughout the America are going to be aged 65 and older soon. While these seniors usually make safe driving choices, unfortunately they also suffer from physical and mental impairments in many cases. The natural results of aging that impair functionality have made seniors the demographic group that is at the second greatest risk of getting into an accident, following only teen drivers. The NHTSA is trying to reduce this accident risk by creating its new guidelines.

NHTSA Addresses Senior Driving Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on several key factors when creating its five-year plan and when writing guidelines related to the safety of seniors. The NHTSA believes that part of the plan should include:

  • Improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA is currently researching important technologies related to crash avoidance. While these technologies can be potentially life-saving for any drivers, some may be of “special assistance” to senior drivers because they help address vulnerabilities that older motorists are more likely to have. For example, the new technologies include collision-avoidance features and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.
  • Vehicle ratings for seniors. The NHTSA is considering adding a special “Silver” rating system to its New Car Assessment Program. Seniors could look at the Silver rating system to get an idea of which cars offer the most features catered to older drivers.
  • Improvement of data collection methods. The NHTSA collects data on car accidents that occur throughout the United States in order to identify trends and risk factors. The data helps to shape policy. The NHTSA is looking to improve its data collection systems and to collect more information on physical, perceptual and cognitive changes that are associated with senior drivers and that can result in an increased crash risk. This can help make state and federal lawmakers better informed about how to help avoid accident risks that result from an older driving population.
  • Publishing the new guidelines that address functional changes in seniors.

The NHTSA’s new senior guidelines were created after considering best practices from around the entire United States. By choosing the best programs and regulations that exist throughout the country, the NHTSA has provided an invaluable guide to helping states take steps to ensure that senior drivers are safe on the roads.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact the car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.