Trudging through snow, sludge, and ice can be very difficult for anyone walking around our nation’s capital. Thousands of pedestrians, young and old, choose to walk city streets, opting out of typical driving methods. For elderly pedestrians, winter weather can be especially dangerous. For this group of aging pedestrians, balance, mobility, reaction times and agility may already be compromised. Adding slippery conditions to the mix can result in serious accident injuries.
Safety Tips for Elderly Pedestrians
- Wear comfortable, flat shoes with good traction to help minimize your risk of slipping.
- Walk with other pedestrians. They can help you on slippery steps, curbs, and other slick surfaces.
- Pay close attention to crosswalk signals, and give yourself adequate time to cross these intersections.
- Be sure to wear appropriate, warm layers, along with protective outerwear such as hats, gloves and scarves, to minimize the effects of winter weather. Be sure that this outerwear still allows for optimum mobility, not restricting your movement.
Pedestrian accidents can result in a wide range of bodily injuries to those involved, and the elderly are not without exception. Broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma, and back injuries can all occur from a pedestrian accident. Your age can play a factor in the severity of these injuries.
Please feel free to contact our Montgomery County law offices today to further understand pedestrian accidents and what your full legal rights may be if you are ever injured. Help is just a simple phone call away at 202-296-0666.