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Pedestrian accident concerns and statistics for elderly adults

Cities like Houston and other metropolitan areas across the country are making efforts to improve pedestrian zones and access areas in hopes that such measures will help everything from tourism to public safety. Unfortunately, however, there is evidence to suggest that one demographic of pedestrian is becoming increasingly vulnerable to serious and fatal traffic accidents. That is why it is important for motorists and pedestrians alike to recognize the fact that elderly Americans are at serious risk of being struck by vehicles on the road.

The US Centers for Disease Control provides statistics for pedestrian accident rates across the country, and notes the number of incidents involving people ages 65 and older as being particularly concerning. According to the CDC, around 9 percent of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents were at least 65 years old in 2012, and that one demographic of pedestrian accounts for approximately 20 percent of all fatality victims.

These figures come at a time when the number of elderly Americans is on the rise. One census projection estimates that the number of people over the age of 75 will account for around 12 percent of the entire population of the U.S. by 2040, which translates to 44 million people. Healthday.com offers more insight into the prevalence of elderly pedestrian accidents, and explains that fatality rates for elderly pedestrians were twice as high as those of people under the age of 35. The effects of aging and other medical conditions make elderly adults more vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries in pedestrian accidents, and are suspected to contribute to the elderly population’s high fatality rates.

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