An unfortunate motor vehicle accident that involved two pedestrians in San Diego occurred recently. Thankfully, the two pedestrians are expected to be okay, as is the driver. The wreck involved a 76-year-old driver who was driving early in the morning. A 61-year-old jogger and a 12-year-old girl were out on the road when the 76-year-old lost control of her vehicle and struck these two pedestrians. Eventually, the car hit a tree as well.
The 61-year-old and the 12-year-old both suffered serious injuries, but it does not seem as though the injuries were life-threatening by any means. The police are looking into the wreck, and one detail that is known is that the 76-year-old admitted that she was having problems driving recently.
There was no elaboration about those driving problems, but the mere fact that she was aware that she was struggling to drive could open her up to liability in this wreck.
Regardless of age or mental state, a person who gets behind the wheel of a car needs to know whether they are capable of safely operating the vehicle. If you are drunk, or on medication, or are too tired, then you shouldn’t be driving a car. It could even be as simple as this situation sounds, where the 76-year-old was simply struggling to drive (for whatever reason) recently. Knowing that, the person shouldn’t be driving.
Irresponsible operation of a motor vehicle can lead to a driver suffering severe legal consequences of the victims bring action against them.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, “Driver age 76 hits girl, jogger, then a tree,” Pauline Repard, Jan. 28, 2016