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Connecticut rated as one of the safest states for senior drivers

There are statistics and rankings about everything these days it seems, so it should come as no surprise to our readers that the 50 states have been ranked in order of how deadly the roads in those states are for senior-aged drivers. Fortunately, Connecticut ranked as one of the safest states for senior drivers.

According to a recent report, a study compared the rate of car accidents involving senior-aged drivers with the overall number of seniors in each state. In a somewhat shocking revelation - and, probably somewhat worrying for local readers - neighboring Rhode Island ranked as the deadliest state for senior drivers. The safest overall state is out west: New Mexico.

But, Connecticut was in the top 10 safest states for senior drivers. The study revealed that there is a 1.08 percent chance of deadly car accidents occurring in Connecticut involving senior-aged drivers. In particular, the study found that those states that have special restrictions when it comes to senior drivers are, not surprisingly, on the lower end of the number of fatal accidents for senior drivers.

While this recent study suggests that there is less danger for senior drivers on the roads of Connecticut than, say, in nearby Rhode Island, the fact is that there are seemingly more dangers on the roads for all drivers than ever before. Distracted driving and drunk driving still claim far too many lives each year, including in Connecticut. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident or who has lost a family member in a deadly car accident may be entitled to financial compensation.

Source: USA Today, "Here are the Top 10 most dangerous states for older drivers," Jen Burklow, Jan. 4, 2018

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