Older Adults Face Increased Risk Of Pedestrian Car Accidents
Walking can provide a means to stay fit and an easy means of transportations, but it is important to be aware of the dangers. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when it comes to car accidents in Bradenton. With little to protect them in collisions involving automobiles, pedestrian injuries have the tendency to be severe. Older adults are among those most at risk, both in terms of being involved in these crashes and in suffering potentially life-threatening injuries.
71-Year-Old Killed In Pedestrian Accident In Bradenton
A 71-year-old man was killed as the result of a pedestrian accident In Bradenton. According to a July 23, 2021 WFLA News report, the tragedy happened on Friday night, at the intersection of 14th Street West and 27th Avenue West. Police have not released many details on the case, other than that a suspected hit and run driver involved had apparently returned to the scene. As of yet, no criminal charges have been filed in the case.
Unfortunately, these types of crashes are common in our area. Pedestrian accidents, in general, pose major risks, but particularly for older adults due to the following reasons:
- Older adults in our area are more likely to rely on walking as a means of transportation;
- Physical and cognitive declines, such as reduced vision, slower gait, and increased likelihood of confusion, make them more generally vulnerable on the roads;
- They are more likely to be on medication, which can lead to dangerous errors in judgment;
- They are more likely to suffer serious personal injuries when a pedestrian accident does happen.
When Older Adults Are Injured In Pedestrian Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that next to children, older adults are among the most common victims of pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, they are also among those most likely to suffer negative outcomes as well. For people aged 65 and over, pedestrian accident injuries can take long periods of time to recover from and may result in ongoing impairments, both of which may necessitate the need for a nursing home or other types of long-term care. Sadly, pedestrian accident injuries older adults suffer from can also hasten an early death.
In cases where the reckless actions of the driver are responsible, victims and their families have the right to hold them accountable. Steps that can help protect your rights in filing a claim include:
- Report any type of accident immediately to the police;
- Get the driver’s name, vehicle, insurance, and contact information;
- Make note of any witnesses at the scene;
- Seek medical care for injuries as soon as possible.
Let Us Help You Today
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to cause life-threatening personal injuries, particularly when they involve older adults. At the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely, we help victims and their family members get the compensation they are entitled to in a claim. To get the caring support and trusted legal guidance you need, call or contact our Bradenton car accident attorney online and request a consultation today.