Somewhat surprising, a study found that older adults actually walk less than younger adults but they face a much higher risk of dying from a pedestrian accident. The researchers said this is because older pedestrians suffer more devastating injuries after an accident and it is harder for them to recover compared to younger adults.
A majority of pedestrian accidents happen in cities due to more traffic and more pedestrians walking around. The CDC said that cities and counties need to take more preventative actions to prevent pedestrian accidents. They said safety can be increased by installing speed bumps, creating safety zones for pedestrians as well as designated areas for pedestrians that are far away from high traffic areas, and enforcing speed limits and distracted driving laws.
Particularly in California, several cities have begun installing signs and warnings for "Senior Zones." Similar to school crossing zones and children at play areas, Senior Zones require drivers to slow down and pay careful attention to the area they are driving through. These types of zones may be installed near senior living facilities, as well as neighborhoods where the majority of the residents are elderly. These zones are intended to protect the elderly in our communities.
Take steps to protect your loved one by ensuring they follow these basic safety tips while walking around town:
Finally, keep a close eye out for damaged or dangerous sidewalks that may pose a tripping hazard.
If your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost someone in a fatal pedestrian accident, the injury lawyers at our firm are here to help guide you forward. You may be eligible to receiving financial compensation to help offset medical bills and also help hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions. Call today to learn more!