Tragic Fort Myers Accident Highlights Importance of Pedestrian Safety Among the Elderly

by Carmen Dellutri on November 6, 2013

port charlotte accident lawyerFor many older Floridians who no longer drive, walking is the best way to get around. However, pedestrian safety becomes even more important as we age.

Seniors walk slower and may suffer from poor eyesight, decreased hearing or other medical conditions, all of which increase the risk of an accident. They are often incapable of the evasive maneuvers needed to avoid impact and also more likely to sustain serious injuries in a crash.

In fact, research shows that while senior citizens (persons age 65 and over) represent just 13 percent of the population, they account for 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. Most recently, two pedestrians were killed in Fort Myers while attempting to cross Winkler Road. They were aged 81 and 87.

Given the increased risks, we encourage older pedestrians to take safety precautions, particularly when crossing the street. Specific tips include:

  • Looking both ways at all intersections.
  • Allowing plenty of time to cross the street.
  • Initiating eye contact with drivers if possible to ensure that they are noticed.
  • Using marked crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Avoiding walking at night, as well as dusk and dawn, when pedestrians are more difficult to see.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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