Elderly Women Who Hit and Killed a Child Pedestrian Sentenced to Jail
Edith M. Anderson, an 83 year-old Cobb County woman, was sentenced to 3 years in jail following her guilty plea to vehicular homicide in the 2009 December death of 5 year-old Karla Campos. Karla's school bus was stopped and in the process of unloading students. The bus driver had activated the flashing lights on the bus, and a car was stopped behind the school bus.
Anderson hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, causing her car to accelerate so she swerved around the stopped vehicle and struck Karla who died during the ambulance ride to the hospital.
This terrible auto accident is a tragedy both for the young girl whose life was taken and for the elderly driver who probably should not have been driving in the first place. In fact, the judge strongly admonished Anderson for attempting to reapply for her license after her arrest. Sometimes elderly drivers need those close to them to intervene when they are no longer able to drive safely both for the safety of the elderly driver and the safety of others with whom they share the road. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death in auto accidents throughout Georgia for over 38 years.
Karla's tragic death is a graphic example of what vehicle safety experts predict will become an increasing problem as baby boomers move into the later stages of life and become aging drivers insistent on maintaining the independence that cars give them, with declining abilities to operate vehicles safely. Auto accident fatality rates begin to increase dramatically once drivers reach the age of 65. Once drivers reach the age of 75 to 84, the auto accident fatality rate is comparable to teenage drivers. The accident fatality rate for drivers over 85 is nearly three times greater than that for teenagers. This rapid increase in accident fatality rates as drivers age is even more alarming because it is estimated that 9.6 million people will be age 85 or older by 2030. It has been estimated that by 2030 over 25% of all auto accident fatalities will involve drivers over the age of 65, which is more than double the current accident fatality rate for drivers over 65.
Many states are struggling with how to deal with the issue of drivers becoming too old to drive safely, but no states impose an actual age limit. Twenty-three states have laws that mandate that drivers of a certain age appear personally to renew their license. Sixteen states require elderly drivers to prove that they can see well enough to drive. Unfortunately, these measures will do little where the problem is a decline in cognitive functioning or memory resulting from aging.
This is a growing problem that may be difficult to effectively combat through legislative action. It is important that families of elderly drivers take affirmative steps to keep their loved ones who are no longer able to drive safely off the road. This is probably the approach that is most likely to reduce fatal Georgia car accidents involving elderly drivers. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious Georgia car accident caused by an elderly driver, Montlick and Associates can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement and other losses.
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