A Sterling Heights man was killed in a pedestrian accident in Macomb County, according to the Macomb Daily. The man was 72-years-old and he was walking across 17 Mile Road early on a Wednesday. The incident happened at approximately 6:30 AM when the pedestrian was on 17 Mile Road near Byers. He was hit by a white Dodge Challenger, which law enforcement indicates was traveling in a westward direction. The senior who was struck by the vehicle suffered a closed head injury as well as broken bones. He was taken to William Beaumont Hospital in Troy for emergency treatment, but died from his injuries.
The driver involved in the pedestrian accident was a 50-year-old man, also from Sterling Heights. He stopped his vehicle at the scene of the collision and cooperated with law enforcement at the crash scene. Although police determined the driver of the vehicle was sober, the specific cause of the accident was still under investigation and it was not yet clear how the collision occurred. This unfortunate accident was one of many in which a senior pedestrian was killed.
Seniors Face Increased Risk of Pedestrian Accidents
Senior citizens and young children are among the demographic groups who are the most in danger of being badly hurt or killed in a pedestrian collision. Seniors face added risks in a pedestrian crash because the effects of the aging process make them less able to absorb the force of the impact without serious injury. According to a study from AAA Traffic Foundation, a senior who is struck by a vehicle which is going around 25 MPH is likely to suffer a similar level of damage to a 30-year-old who is hit by a car going 35 MPH.
Motorists need to be aware of the risk a pedestrian could be seriously hurt in an accident, and should do everything possible to protect vulnerable walkers. Driving the speed limit can both help to prevent collisions and help to ensure collisions are survivable if a pedestrian is struck by a car. An increase in speed significantly increases the chance of a severe injury or death. The risk of severe injury in a pedestrian accident is 10 percent when a driver is traveling 16 miles an hour, but goes up to 90 percent if the driver is traveling at 90 MPH. In general, the risk of death is 10 percent when a driver is traveling 23 MPH but does up to 90 percent once a driver is going 58 MPH. Seniors may have a higher risk at lower speeds because of their body condition.
If a driver fails to obey any rules of the road and someone is hurt or loses his life in a collision, the victim or surviving family members should consult with an injury lawyer to find out what options they have for making a claim for compensation.