What are the risks of driving with dementia?

Answer:

  • Older adults have:
    • The highest risk of a collision per distance driven
    • The higher risk of injury or death after a collision
    • slower and less complete recovery from injuries as the result of collisions
    • A higher risk of injuries to passengers and third parties
    • more collisions involving more than one vehicle
  • For people with dementia:
    • Up to 8 times more likely (than a person without dementia) to be involved in a collision
    • Within 5 years 50% of individuals diagnosed with dementia will be involved in a motor vehicle crash
    • For the passenger
      • passengers of older drivers tend to be older themselves and suffer worse outcomes (increased
        rate of death)