Seniors tend to be more dependent on walking because it allows them to remain mobile after they stop driving. However, walking can be more dangerous for elderly Seattle residents. Be sure to read these elderly pedestrian safety tips to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. And see our general pedestrian safety tips as well.
- Watch what you wear when you walk. You may not be thinking about what you are wearing as a way to ensure your safety; however, it can make all the difference. Wear bright colors, ensure that you can walk in the shoes you are wearing, and dress for the weather.
- Trust your instincts. If you are having an "off" day, if you are unwell, or if you feel like your balance is off, do not head out. The risk of injury for seniors in a fall is significant and can be life-changing. If you do need to go out for something, see if a neighbor or friend can pick it up for you or if it can be delivered instead. Your health and wellbeing is too important to risk.
- Look them in the eye. In Seattle, pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing mid-block. So do not do it. Instead, make sure you are crossing at intersections and before you go, look the drivers nearby in the eye so you know that they have saw and are paying attention to you.
- Pay attention to the sidewalk and road conditions. Depending on the season, the paths you need to walk may be slick, wet, uneven, cracked, or simply challenging. It is important, especially for elderly pedestrians, that they pay attention to uneven terrain. Again the risk of falling is great and the likelihood that you may suffer a serious injury even greater.
- Do not do it alone. Use the buddy system not only for safety's sake, which is a great tip, but to have someone to lean on and watch out for you. If you were to fall for example, you would want to have someone there to be able to call for help.
Walking can and should be a great way to maintain fitness well into your senior years but sometimes accidents can happen. If you or a beloved elderly family member suffered injury in a pedestrian accident, call a pedestrian accident lawyer from Max Meyers Law PLLC as soon as possible. Contact us today at 425-399-7000.