Department of Transport statistics reveal that pedestrians account for about a quarter of all deaths that result from road collisions in the UK. There are also many people who survive accidents but are left with severe injuries. Injured elderly pedestrians figure prominently in these figures for a number of reasons.
Although pedestrian numbers have declined as more people use their cars for journeys, and public transport continues to improve in comfort and reliability, older people still like to embark on journeys by foot.
Unfortunately is will be mean that they will have to negotiate roads that are often busy with vehicles. Because they are usually slower moving than other pedestrians, they will find it harder to move out of the way of traffic.
If they are employing all their observational faculties on the many hazards at eye level, this will make them more vulnerable to tripping up. Where this happens on a kerb, they could be propelled into oncoming cars.
What is the likely aftermath of a collision?
Injured elderly pedestrians face a more difficult recovery than younger victims. One of the main reasons for this is to do with biology. As people grow older, the amount of calcium in their bones decreases, leaving them far more brittle. So when older people are struck by vehicles travelling at any speed, they can suffer from damaging bone breaks.
These will take much longer to heal, or might lead to operations involving the replacement of joints. Where younger people can anticipate a fall and will take remedial action by throwing limbs out, elderly victims often crash straight onto the pavement, sustaining head injuries.
What could Accident Advice Helpline do for you?
The first you should appreciate is that you are never alone if you have been the victim of an accident through someone else’s negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to guide you through every aspect of the compensation claims process. Our team of lawyers will assess your circumstances to determine if you would qualify for a payout.
If it is felt that your situation merits a good case, they will advise you about how to proceed with a claim – and this will always be undertaken on a no win, no fee basis.
To get in touch with a qualified expert for no-obligation advice, telephone our advisers on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen