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How dangerous is it to be an elderly pedestrian?

Going for a walk is great for your body and mind, but it has some inherent risks. If you're going to be around traffic, you need to be cautious. There are drivers who don't pay attention and areas of the roads where it might be hard for drivers to see you clearly until it's too late.

Pedestrian deaths are, for the most part, completely avoidable. The problem is that some people cannot cross the roads quickly and may be in the crosswalk longer than the time allotted. Drivers who are impatient or speeding could ignore the signs or traffic lights, potentially causing a life-threatening accident.

Between 2003 and 2012, there were 47,025 pedestrians killed in crashes with vehicles. Another 676,000 were injured in collisions. Broken down, that equals out to around one death every two hours, a statistic that shows just how dangerous being on or near the roads still is for pedestrians.

Older individuals have a higher risk than younger people. Those 65 years or older make up around 21 percent of all pedestrian deaths despite only making up roughly 13 percent of the population. The elderly don't do well when they suffer injuries, so what might be a moderate injury for a younger person could be the kind of injury that results in a fatality for someone who is older.

Pedestrians and drivers both have the responsibility to be safe on and around the roads. If a driver is out of control or negligent before hitting you, it's important to file a claim. Your claim can help you recover expenses related to your accident.

Source: AARP, "Perilous Crossings for Pedestrians," Brian Mockenhaupt, accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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