Older adults are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a pedestrian accident at intersections, while walking behind moving vehicles, and on days of poor visibility.
Just as older drivers are more likely to be fatally injured if they are involved in a car accident, older pedestrians are eight times more likely than a younger person to suffer fatal injuries when struck by a moving vehicle.
Suggestions to improve safety while walking:
- Make eye contact with drivers, if possible. Do not assume that the driver sees you.
- Stay alert to traffic, cars leaving driveways, turning vehicles, or parked cars that may start to move.
- Always cross the street at a crosswalk. Try to find a corner with a traffic light.
- Wait for the WALK signal if a signal is present. Don’t begin walking if the WALK light is blinking; this means that the signal is about to change and you may not make it across the intersection in time.
- Look both ways before proceeding and while walking across a street.
- Wear brightly colored clothing, and if walking after dark, wear reflective materials.