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There is a popular view that Florida is home to a larger population of elderly individuals compared to other US states, and census data confirms this assumption. The state Department of Elder Affairs reports that more than a quarter of the state’s population is at least 60 years old, while 20% are aged 65 and up. Based on these figures, you might guess that the risk of car accidents is higher with so many older drivers on the road. It is true that there are unique factors involved with elderly motorists, but there is much more to the story than pinning blame on age.

If you were involved in an auto crash, negligence is the key to recovering compensation for your losses. You must establish that the other driver was careless, so age is not a factor. A Miami car accident lawyer can assist with the legal process, but some statistics on elderly individuals and crashes reveal that the threat is not what you expect.

Statistics on Motor Vehicle Collisions and the Elderly

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently issued a report on red light running and its impact on car accidents, and the findings may come as a shock to some. More than 14 people are killed every week on U.S. roadways by motorists who drive through red lights. Data collected from 2012 to 2017 reveals that there are almost 950 fatalities annually linked to red light running, which is a 10-year high. Thousands more suffer injuries in crashes under similar circumstances. Additional data shows that these incidents are preventable, and usually the result of careless or reckless driving. 

Fortunately, Florida law protects victims by providing legal options to recover monetary damages. A Miami car accidents attorney can assist with the process, but you might find the following information useful.

Statistics on Red Light Running

Last year, this blog discussed the unfortunate death of two Brevard County teens Rachel Price and Jamaree Cook, who were killed when Price’s vehicle collided with a pickup truck being operated an intoxicated driver. In response to that incident, our Florida car accident attorneys examined a State law allowing a person that has been injured or killed in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver to recover punitive as well as compensatory damages.

That law, codified at Section 768.72 of The Florida Statutes, states that plaintiffs in civil actions are precluded from recovering punitive damages unless there is a “reasonable showing by evidence” that provides a “reasonable basis for recovery of such damages.” This standard is more specifically delineated in Florida’s pattern jury instructions which state that punitive damages may be warranted if a jury finds by the greater weight of the evidence that the defendant’s conduct that caused the injury to the plaintiff was:

  1. Gross and flagrant as to show a reckless disregard of human life or of the safety of persons;
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