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Car accident victim challenges 90-year-old woman's ability to drive

Teenagers and seniors are often the two groups of drivers who are at the most risk of getting into car accidents. As we wrote in a previous post, teen drivers do not have enough experience to handle many situations on the road and older drivers may have slower reaction times putting them at a higher risk. One man from Staten Island, New York whose leg was severed in a car accident claims the woman who caused the accident is too old to drive.

Three weekends ago, a 90-year-old woman was driving a rented minivan when she made a left-hand turn onto County Road 27A in near Ancram, New York. As the older woman completed the turn she broadsided a group of motorcyclists injuring a 55-year-old motorcyclist and a 38-year-old motorcyclist. The 55-year-old man's leg was severed several inches above his knee and has had three surgeries because of the injury. The man is an experienced motorcyclist who had been out riding with friends.

The man filed a suit against the company that rented the minivan to the 90-year-old woman claiming the company should not have rented the vehicle to the woman with "advanced age" without making an inquiry into her ability to drive. The wife of the injured motorcyclist said, "They don't rent to 21-year-olds. Why should they rent to a 90-year-old?"

There are no age restrictions on driving under New York law and the elderly woman recently passed an eye test when she renewed her license. The woman said she felt terrible about the accident. She was ticketed for failing to yield, but said her driving record was spotless with the exception of a few speeding tickets. The woman drives upstate once a month to visit her disabled son.

Perhaps capturing the sentiments of many older drivers, the 90-year-old said bad driving has nothing to do with age and that she has more experience than most. Commenting on the lawsuit's claim she said, "There are plenty of people at 40 who shouldn't be driving, or 30."

Source: nypost.com, "Too old to drive? Her victim says yes," Kathianne Boniello, Oct. 23, 2011

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