We realize senior citizens want to continue to remain mobile throughout their lives. But we also have to take into consideration the safety of all drivers.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 10, 2014
Two Colorado drivers over 80 years old reportedly caused two separate fatal car accidents, prompting debate over whether older drivers put other motorists at risk, an important issue which deserves to be discussed, according to Denver, CO personal injury lawyer A. Gary Bell, Jr. of Bell & Pollock, PC.
Attorney Bell expressed his comments in response to an article published by 9NEWS.com about the two fatal Colorado auto accidents. (9NEWS.com, “Death raises questions about older drivers,” Jan. 28, 2014)
“This is a complicated issue that demands serious debate,” Bell said. “We realize senior citizens want to continue to remain mobile throughout their lives. But we also have to take into consideration the safety of all drivers. Colorado car accidents wreak havoc on people’s lives every day. We know because our experienced Denver car accident attorneys work hard every day to help injury victims get their lives back on track. That’s why we’re interested in how these accidents are dealt with in the future. We have to do more than just talk about this issue. We need to take action. Lives are at stake.”
Both fatal Colorado car accidents reportedly caused by drivers over 80 years old took place in January, according to 9NEWS.com. One auto accident occurred on Jan. 9 in Denver involving an 85-year-old driver. The driver allegedly caused the death of a 63-year-old pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in Denver, 9NEWS.com reported.
The other fatal Colorado accident involved an 83-year-old driver, who allegedly caused the death of a Jefferson County sheriff on a motorcycle in a head-on collision, 9NEWS.com reported. The 83-year-old driver reportedly crossed a double yellow line and was attempting to pass another vehicle when the older driver allegedly struck and killed the sheriff on a motorcycle, according to ABC7 News, “Jefferson County deputy killed in CO-93 head-on crash ID'd as Sgt. David Baldwin – 27-year veteran,” Jan. 27, 2014.
A total of 92 people over 65 years old died in Colorado car accidents in 2012, an increase of 3 percent compared to the previous year, according to 9NEWS.com. In contrast, 87 teenage drivers died in auto accidents in Colorado in 2012, a decrease of 17 percent, 9NEWS.com reported.
Such statistics indicate that Colorado needs to take a hard look at ways to improve driver safety among older drivers, according to Denver auto accident lawyer Bradley P. Pollock of Bell & Pollock, PC.
“Colorado residents of all ages need to have a serious discussion about how we can address this problem,” Pollock said. “Denver car accidents demand serious attention. And while we realize that most drivers are safe drivers, including many drivers over 80 years old, we need to make sure that such accidents don’t happen in the future. We take driver safety very seriously at Bell & Pollock. That’s because we know the consequences of auto accidents can be severe. That’s we need to tackle this problem and not avoid it. Our future depends on it.”
For more information about what to do after an auto accident in Colorado and the legal options available to injury victims, call (800) 559-5920 or complete the online contact form.
About Bell & Pollock, PC
An experienced Colorado personal injury law firm serving Denver and residents statewide, Bell & Pollock, PC, was founded by attorneys A. Gary Bell, Jr. and Bradley P. Pollock. With offices in the Denver area and Steamboat Springs, Bell & Pollock, PC, has a strong track record for successfully handling a wide range of legal cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, workers compensation and social security disability issues. Bell & Pollock, PC, works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay attorney’s fees if they win. Contact Bell & Pollock, PC, for a free case evaluation. Call (800) 559-5920.
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