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Crashes and the older adult: You can file a claim

One of the things you may know is that as you get older, it can be harder for you to stay safe when driving. Seniors must take extra precautions to make sure they're well enough to drive, to see and to navigate.

Recently, the California AAA released data that showed that older drivers that have a history of falling are around 40 percent more likely to be involved in a collision than their peers. The falls limit the drivers' abilities to drive safely; they may not be able to react in the same ways as they used to. With around 12 million older adults falling each year, this can make a once-safe roadway slightly more dangerous.

The fact is that drivers aged 60 or older are involved in 400,000 crashes a year, many of which are a result of an older person's limited functions or errors. Falls can result in wrist fractures or broken legs; both of these things can make it harder for a driver to steer or stop the vehicle. Falls also result in weakened physical activity for many, and that also impacts a person's ability to drive safely.

Falls can mean a person is suffering from declining health and physical fitness; falls could be a result of poor balance, vision problems, dizziness or other major health concerns. If you've been hit by an older driver, it's important to know that you have the right to file a claim. Our website has more information about these drivers and what to expect if you decide to file a claim against one.

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