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Elderly driver concerns raised after pregnant woman dies in crash

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 21, 2013 in Car Accidents

A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a collision in Farmington involving an 85-year-old male driver Oct. 14. The man's 86-year-old wife was also killed in the crash. The 27-year-old mother of three was driving her minivan when it collided with the car driven by the 85-year-old man. Police have not released an official cause of the accident.

This tragic crash has raised concerns about the driving skills of the elderly. Retaining the privilege of driving represents a freedom in a culture dominated by cars that many elderly drivers may be reluctant to give up. The American Automobile Association provides a monitoring program designed to conduct in-car observations of drivers including the elderly. Driving school managers say some elderly participants in the program fear it is designed to take away their license, and the overall intention to improve their driving skills must be stated constantly.

In Connecticut from 2008 through 2012 there were 41,698 car accidents, including 147 fatalities, where the person at fault was over 65-years-old, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. AAA reports that, in the same time period, drivers over the age of 60 had essentially the same crash rate compared with 400,000 crashes caused by drivers of all ages.

The family of a victim killed in a motor vehicle accident may be required to address legal and financial matters within specific time limitations following the death of their loved one. Under law, these families could be entitled to recover fair and adequate compensation for the support and benefits that would have been provided had the deceased family member lived. A personal injury attorney with wrongful death experience may be able to help these families protect receive compensation for their loss.