In its 2010 (most recent) report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 4,280 pedestrians died and 70,000 were injured in accidents on the nation’s roadways. Older adult pedestrians, those ages 65 and over, appeared to be among the most at risk of being involved in an accident. Eleven percent of all pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of fatalities were in the over-65 age group.

Personal injury attorney Adam Kutner has noted an increase in pedestrian accidents involving older adults. The CDC study attributed this to the growth of the population in the 65-plus age group as America’s Baby Boomer generation ages. Other factors that cause or contribute to these types of accidents include increased vehicle speeds, visibility issues, and pedestrians who walk in the street.

Danger is present even when a pedestrian follows the rules of the road. Las Vegas recently reported its 34th road-accident fatality with the death of a pedestrian who was run over by a truck. The police reported that the pedestrian was hit as he crossed the street in a marked crosswalk.

Cities and states across the country are studying the dangers faced by pedestrians, particularly those 65 years of age and older, when they’re crossing the street. Some of the findings and recommendations from studies around the country include:

• Poor Visibility: Drivers and pedestrians alike complain about being unable to see each other. One area of concern is street corners where visibility is obstructed by parked vehicles. Some cities are experimenting with removing parking spaces or posting signage that prohibits parking near intersections. This so-called “daylighting” technique might enable drivers and pedestrians to see each other.

• Vehicle Speed: Some older pedestrians find they are unable to cross the street when confronted by vehicles traveling at high speeds. One possible solutions is to add speed humps and post speed reductions in areas frequented by pedestrians. Another solution is to create pedestrian safety islands in wider streets to give pedestrians a safe refuge while crossing.

• Poorly Designed Pedestrian Signals: Pedestrians complain about being unable to understand standard pedestrian walk signals at intersections. Some municipalities are adding countdown signals that visually and audibly countdown the time a person has remaining to cross the street.

Attorney Adam Kutner cautions older pedestrians to wear bright or visible clothing and to walk on the sidewalk. He also encourages them to avoid alcoholic beverages while walking near cars. According to the CDC, 33 percent of the pedestrians involved in accidents had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater.