The CDC reports that pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Elderly pedestrians face a much higher risk of being killed in a traffic accident than younger individuals do, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC's weekly Morbidity and Mortality report's April 19 edition details this study, which states that those aged 75 and older were twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident compared to those 34 and younger.
The number of elderly people killed while walking on the nation's roadways could increase even more given the aging of the U.S. population, CDC officials say in the report. The study noted that although older adults take fewer walks than younger people, they are more likely to die from their injuries and that increasing frailty may leave the elderly more vulnerable to being struck by traffic. CDC researchers state that age-related decline in physical, mental and vision-linked abilities also put elderly persons at greater risk. The CDC reports that pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
These statistics are cause for concern, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "This is a reminder that the older we get the more cautious we need to be while walking on the roadways. Elderly residents should make sure they only use crosswalks to cross the street and give themselves sufficient time to get across the roadway."
Visions problems can also pose significant challenges for older pedestrians, Wilhelm said. "For this reason, it is important that senior citizens get their eyes checked every year and get corrective lenses if needed. This will help prevent not only pedestrian accidents, but also slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall incidents, which can result in serious injuries for the elderly."
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