Crashes involving older drivers on the rise

Most Colorado residents began driving when they turned 16-years-old and have not stopped since then. Driving is a common part of their lives, from going to school in the morning to picking up groceries in the evening. Many might have even gotten behind the wheel to take a long drive in good weather through the mountainous terrain for the fun of it. Driving is often associated with freedom, which is why parting with one’s keys might be more difficult than one realizes.

However, there comes a time in every driver’s life when they might not be able to drive as carefully as they might have previously. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, people belonging to three age groups are the most dangerous on the roads. Firstly, teenagers, secondly people between the ages of 21 and 34 years old and lastly drivers over the age of 65. In fact, recent statistics show that in 2018, 129 drivers over 65 died in a motor vehicle accident.

Teenagers are considered the riskiest on the road, due to their inexperience. Therefore, special restrictions are present on their driving licenses. Drivers between 21 and 34 fall into the risk-taking age group, such as DUis or speeding. But those over the age of 65 have a different set of challenges. While they have years of driving experience, poor eyesight, hearing and slower reaction times impact their driving abilities. In the last couple of years, the number of crashes older drivers are involved in have increased by 30%. Additionally, when an older driver is involved in a crash, they are more likely to become seriously injured or end up losing their life.

There are instances, when regardless of how cautiously someone is driving, they might end up in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence. When this happens, medical help might be the difference between life and death, but the expenses might pile up. It is possible to have these expenses, including those related to lost wages and pain and suffering, covered through a personal injury lawsuit.

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