Which age groups are the most vulnerable to accidents?

Accidents happen in all walks of life. Whether it’s a road traffic accident, public slips, trips and falls or injuries at work, the threat of accidents and injuries are never far away.

The accident age group

But which age groups are most likely to suffer accidents? Well, the answer to that question is dependent on the accidents in question. Different age groups are susceptible to different types of accidents:

–  Young children: The young part of the population are particularly vulnerable to slips and falls. This is simply because they do not have the cognitive abilities, nor the common sense, of those above their age bracket.

They are reliant on the experience and knowledge of adults to stay safe as they learn about the world around them.

–  Teenagers: Accidents in this particular age range tend to be somewhat self-inflicted. Chiefly, this is for two reasons. On the one hand, there is a natural , thrill-seeking urge to do something risky and push boundaries, on the other, there is significant peer pressure to impress friends.

This can take the form of daring stunts or suffering personal injuries during more innocent activities such as climbing trees.

As they reach their late teenage years, young people are also particularly vulnerable to accidents on the road. Car crashes and the like are typically caused by mistakes because of inexperience, nerves or over-confidence and a desire to ‘show off.’

–  Working adults: As we get older, the threat of workplace accidents comes into play. This covers not only physical injuries from construction site accidents and the like, but also stress-related illnesses and other mental health problems.

The pressure of deadlines, targets and the need to earn money to support a family and a lifestyle can cause a myriad problems for those of a working age.

–  The elderly: In many ways, as we get older we slowly regress to our earlier state. Often dependent on the care of others, those in their twilight years are susceptible to the similar types of accidents as young children.

Public slips, trips and falls are a very real threat, as are road accidents because of factors like slower reaction times.

Whatever your age, in the aftermath of an accident it’s important to remember that you may be due some accident compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline can guide you from initial consultation right the way through to the eventual payout, usually without going to court. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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