A mother that lost her daughter in a fatal pedestrian accident is urging lawmakers to increase the requirements for elderly drivers. On October 28, 2014, a 23-year-old woman was walking down a sidewalk in Annapolis, Maryland when she was struck by a vehicle that ended her life. The driver responsible for her death was an 81-year-old man who attempted to push the brake pedal and became confused, pushing the accelerator instead.
Over the past several years, there have been attempts to persuade legislators to change the laws regarding maintaining a driver’s license for individuals over the age of 70. Americans for Older Driver Safety have unsuccessfully attempted to pass a bill that would require drivers over the age of 73 to renew their driver’s license in person every three years. Currently, driver’s in Maryland must renew their driver’s license every eight years regardless of their age and it can be done through the mail. The organization is urging for changes because drivers 70-years-old and older are nearly as likely to cause an accident as teen drivers. Those opposed to the requirements, such as AARP, claim it is discrimination.
Pedestrian accidents claim the lives of thousands of individuals every year. In most cases, a reckless driver caused the accident and they should be held responsible for the incident. Losing a loved one is devastating and the victim's family should seek justice by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney.
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