A 92-year-old woman was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95. The elderly woman, who was from Smithfield, was driving her vehicle the wrong way on the highway when the fatal accident occurred.
According to law enforcement reports, the woman was driving north in the southbound lanes, close to milemarker 96. At this time, they did not have an explanation as to why the deceased victim was traveling in the wrong direction. Another driver, who was driving south, was unable to avoid the elderly woman’s car and the two vehicles crashed into each other head-on.
Both victims were transported to the hospital, but the elderly woman died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The other driver is expected to recover from her injuries.
National statistics show that there are over 25 million drivers on the road today who are over 70 years of age. It is projected that in the next 15 years, that number will double to over 50 million senior drivers. However, as senior drivers age, they are more at risk of causing car accidents.
There are a number of factors that contribute to this increased risk, including a decrease in both physical and cognitive reactions, which often leads to a delayed reaction response to what is occurring on the road in front of the elderly driver. Simple driving activities, such as merging onto the highway, can cause an elderly driver to become confused and head into the wrong direction, which appears is what may have been the cause of this tragic accident.
Many states require testing of elderly drivers to make sure that they are still physically and mentally able to safely driver a car. A confused elderly driver can be just as dangerous behind the wheel of a car as a drunk driver. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by an elderly driver, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.