Majority of Elderly Drivers Support Driver Retesting

We have all been behind THAT car. It’s driving at a snail’s pace, bouncing back and forth between the lines on the road. When you pull along to the side of the car to check it out, you see a little old lady with a cotton ball hairdo and Coke-bottle glasses leaned up in the seat, peaking over the steering wheel.

A recent study reported on by News 9-Denver shows that even elderly drivers are in favor of retesting at a certain age due to the hazards elderly drivers can bring to the road. In fact, 71 percent support the idea.

In February, an 89-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on E-470 when she struck another vehicle head-on, killing the other driver. Also, in December of 2010, an elderly woman hit and killed a man in a Lakewood parking lot. A month before that, a senior citizen drove their SUV through the front of a retail pet store.

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What are some signs it may be time to take the keys from a loved one?

  • Their hearing or sight has significantly deteriorated.
  • They show signs of confusion around new places.
  • They are unable to get assistance in emergency situations.
  • They have become forgetful.

The Colorado auto accident attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm may be able to help you settle your case if you have been involved in an accident with an elderly driver.

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