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Texas drivers experience law changes after a recent car accident

After a devastating car accident claimed the life a teenage girl, Texas lawmakers were forced to reconsider current driving laws. It was a typical morning prior to the car accident. Like clockwork, children stand at bus stops, walk along sidewalks or take to the roadways during their daily commute. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst when a 90-year-old woman struggled to maintain her vehicle, hitting and killing a teenager who was on her way to school.

Since the accident, lawmakers took a deeper look at traffic laws, which led to many revisions, including the current license renewal policies for drivers over the age of 79. While still having to meet previous requirements, drivers that are 79 years of age or older must appear in-person to renew their driver's licenses. State and local law enforcement hope that the recent changes will help reduce the amount of accidents involving elderly drivers.

Texas is not the only state to revisit laws for older drivers. It is hard to overlook the increasing number of accident fatalities in crashes that involve elderly drivers. In recent years, more than 40 states posted laws requiring older drivers to take vision tests before they can renew their licenses.

The debate continues in Texas, as well as other states, as to whether these changes are enough to prevent a car accident. Many speculate that vision tests are not enough to determine if a driver is fully capable of operating a motor vehicle, suggesting that a more comprehensive test be instated to examine a driver's memory and wellness prior to renewing his or her license. While there is no indication that Texas will consider further changes to driving laws for the elderly, one can rest assured that safety is the priority in these changes. In the meantime, those affected by the negligence of an elderly or other driver in a car accident retain the right to file a claim for restitution.

Source: insurancenewsnet.com, "Seniors, doctors debate: How old is too old to drive?", Linda Santacruz, Aug. 4, 2014

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