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Are Colorado Senior Drivers a Risk on Denver Roads?

Senior drivers tend to be more cautious than drivers of other age groups, but still get into far too many collisions. Physical and mental challenges can make it harder for seniors to drive safely, thus putting themselves and others in danger. As the population ages and more drivers in Denver pass the age of 65, this could have a big impact on traffic safety.

Victims of a collision with a senior driver should consult with accident attorneys in Denver about their right to make a motor vehicle accident claim. If the senior broke the law or was unreasonably careless in a way that led to the crash, the older driver’s insurance company should be held responsible for the damages.

Understanding the Risks Presented by Senior Drivers

Today, one out of every six U.S. drivers is aged 65 or older. Senior drivers are going to make up an even larger portion of motorists on United States roads in coming years, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently took a close look at trends related to senior drivers.

According to the AAA report:

Unfortunately, the medical conditions that senior drivers experience can cause a decline in flexibility and in mental capacity. Seniors may have slower reaction times, less mental focus, impaired cognitive abilities or impaired physical abilities that make them more likely to become involved in accidents.  These older drivers could thus hurt themselves or harm other motorists if they cause collisions by driving when it is no longer safe for them to do so.

Seniors need to ensure that they speak to their doctor about whether any of their medicines or medical problems make driving unsafe. Family members whose relatives are getting older also need to ensure that their loved ones don’t continue to drive after it is no longer safe for them to be on the roads.

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