A woman in a Farmer’s Insurance office in Renton was killed when an elderly woman apparently lost control and crashed her car into the building.
The accident occurred around 10:53am at 45 Logan Avenue South near the Renton Airport reports The Seattle Times.
As soon as I saw the photograph of the accident, my hunch was that there was a good chance that the driver was an elderly person because of the time of day. My hunch was confirmed when I read the report; it is believed that the woman driver was in her 80’s.
The United States has been having a national debate on how old is too old for a person to continue driving an automobile. The debate was sparked when George Weller, a retired salesman, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in California after 10 people were killed and 63 people injured when Weller drove his car through an open air marketplace. Weller was 90 years of age at the time. The City of Santa Monica paid out more than $21 million to settle liability claims stemming from this case.
Many older drivers are safe drivers but according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, elderly drivers are more likely to be at fault in car accidents and they are just as likely to be in an accident as a teenage driver.
This is not an isolated accident and it can occur because the driver mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake (a pedal error), had a medical condition, swerved or was speeding.
Our condolences go out to the family of the person who was killed.
What to look for in Aging Drivers
This is a stark reminder that people with aged parents must watch for signs of impairment in their elderly parents including:
- unexplained scrapes and dents on their vehicle
- minor accidents
- reduced neck movement or rotation
- slow reaction times
- poor eye sight.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another and the family of those killed with their wrongful death claims.