Elderly individuals and people with disabilities often have to rely on either the kindness of strangers, state programs, or public transportation to get to places like the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Unable to obtain a Driver’s License, limited options exist to provide people who can’t drive with the opportunities that so many of us take for granted.
Because of those limitations, the elderly and people with disabilities do not have the luxury of saying no to drivers who might pose risks. An older person may recognize the person driving the transport they are using is driving dangerously, but reporting it or refusing the ride might mean not getting to the doctor. The only option is to tough it out and hope for the best.
The best is rarely what they get. Instead, there are too many stories like the one out of Hawaii. On December 19th, 2017, a transport bus driving three elderly passengers collided with a truck, killing one of the three passengers and injuring the other two. The transport, which was designed specifically for the aged and infirm, did not keep its passengers safe.
A full investigation will take place to determine who was responsible for the accident. No matter what the outcome, the person who was killed and the other people that were injured had little choice but to be on that van. The society provides limited options, and sometimes none of those options are safe.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a passenger in an accident, determining whether or not the driver of the vehicle was at fault is important. Also important is figuring out whether or not proper safety protocols were in place and followed to limit the risk of significant injury or death in the case of an accident. Please, retain an experienced attorney to evaluate your case.