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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 4,000 of the 34,000 traffic-related fatalities that occur in the US every year are those of pedestrians. And a majority of those killed are the elderly, described as men and women 75 years or older. It was concluded from data taken between the years of 2001 and 2010 that traffic-related fatality rates for the elderly more than doubled the rates of people below the age of 35.

While it’s been noted that the elderly go on walks less frequently than their younger counterparts, they are “when struck… more likely to die from their injuries.” In addition, they are at a higher risk from the moment they step out of the house. Declines in vision and mental function, in addition to physical disabilities can be dangerous.

It was also found that male pedestrians are at a higher risk of being struck and killed in traffic than their female counterparts. Some say that it is because they have a tendency to walk in more places that put them at a higher risk or take more chances than women when walking. We highly encourage you to never take a chance when crossing the street. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks, and obey traffic lights. They are there for a reason, and that reason is to protect you.

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