Driving is not just a privilege: in sprawling suburban and rural areas, it’s often necessary to carry out everyday tasks. Young drivers look forward to their newfound independence, while older drivers may be reluctant to give up their license and rely on others for transportation.

When teen or elderly drivers cause accidents, people often wonder whether the driver’s age will affect their claim. Does it help to point out that someone is particularly inexperienced, or should have given up their license decades ago?

Teen drivers

Ohio allows teens 15.5 years or older to apply for temporary instruction permits after they pass a written and vision exam. Drivers under 16 may practice driving on public roads with a parent, guardian or certified driving instructor in the front seat. Drivers between 16 and 18 may practice with a licensed driver over 21 in the front passenger seat. Once they have had their permit for six months and have satisfied the other requirements, they’re allowed to get a license.

Once a teenager receives their license, they’re still subject to restrictions. For the first year they have their license, they may not drive between 10pm and 5am, may only have one non-family member passenger unless a parent or guardian is present and may not use mobile devices. All vehicle occupants must wear seatbelts.

If the teen driver who caused your accident was violating any of these rules, it can support your accident claim. Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident, their general inexperience may also be a contributing factor.

Elderly drivers

Aging comes with unfortunate side effects. Seniors may experience vision and hearing loss, impaired mobility, delayed reaction times and diminished physical stature. This can make it hard to assess hazards, react to other road activity and reach the pedals or steering wheel. Furthermore, some medications also make it dangerous to drive.

If an elderly driver caused your accident, age-related issues may have contributed. Their accident history and medical conditions, whether they have a valid driver’s license and whether there are restrictions placed on their license can be helpful in determining whether their age played a role in the accident.

While a driver’s age can contribute to or cause an accident, the best way to find out how to handle your claim is to call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We’ll explain your legal options and help you choose the best path forward.

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The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your accident claim. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.