We’ve seen a number of Orange County pedestrian accidents in news recently that detail tragic accidents involving pedestrians, so we thought it was worth taking a moment to talk about pedestrian safety and the elderly. While you’ve probably heard a lot about keeping your children safe near roadways, elderly pedestrians also are vulnerable—and safety often is overlooked. If you are an older pedestrian, or if you often walk with elderly friends or family members, keep these tips in mind:
- Elderly pedestrians may have limited mobility, hearing, cognition, and vision. If you suffer from hearing loss, poor vision, or another limitation, consider walking with a friend or relative who can help you watch for danger.
- Elderly pedestrians may need additional time to cross at lights and intersections. If you suspect you’ll need additional time to cross, make sure drivers see you. Avoid entering the crosswalk if the light is about to change.
- Elderly pedestrians may have trouble navigating uneven or poorly maintained walkways. Especially for older pedestrians who use a cane, walker, or another device, poorly maintained sidewalks can be impossible to navigate or cause a pedestrian to stumble into the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Orange County pedestrian accident, don’t wait until it’s too late to seek help. An Orange County accident lawyer with Russell & Lazarus would be happy to speak with you in a completely free, no-obligation consultation to answer your questions, explain your options, and provide assistance. Just give us a call today at (949) 851-0222, or simply fill out the confidential online contact form on this page to learn more.