Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2nd, an elderly driver struck three teenagers in Spring Valley. 72-year-old John Reyes was driving his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck along Sweetwater Road when he crashed into a utility pole and then into the group of Mount Miguel High School students. The teens sustained moderate to major injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities did not find any indicators that Mr. Reyes was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are investigating the accident, explains a California injury attorney.
While older adults are generally cautious drivers, physical changes that accompany aging have the potential to impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. These changes include a decrease in motor function, vision, and cognitive skills. Moreover, the risk of being involved in an accident increases with age: an 85-year-old driver is nine times more likely to suffer a fatal collision than a driver who is between the ages of 25 and 69. Certain prescription medications and medical conditions may also have an impact on driving abilities.
Pedestrian accidents accounted for 63 of the 246 fatal and 998 of the 13,527 injury traffic collisions that occurred throughout San Diego County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions. In most instances, a pedestrian has the right-of-way, regardless of whether that person is walking within a designated crosswalk or not. If a driver fails to yield for a pedestrian and an accident ensues, the driver may be held responsible for any injury-related expenses the pedestrian incurs.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the three teenagers who were struck by the elderly driver in Spring Valley a full recovery from their injuries.
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