More than 4,000 people lose their lives in pedestrian motor vehicle accidents every year; that equates to nearly 12 people each day. In addition to the terrible toll fatalities take, 70,000 reported injuries are caused by these accidents, and it is likely that thousands of additional injuries go unreported in any given year. The good news is that these statistics are on a downward trend, but even one preventable pedestrian accident is too many. (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
On Saturday night, a Bolingbrook man died from injuries that he sustained in a Downers Grove pedestrian accident. According to reports from local police, the 60-year-old was crossing the street late at night near the 4200 block of Main Street, when a car struck him. The victim was rushed to nearby Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Authorities stated that their preliminary investigation has uncovered no evidence that speeding or impairment may have been factors in the collision, but added that the crash is being classified as a death investigation, and the final cause of death is still to be determined by the County Coroner. (Chicago Tribune)
Older adults are one of the largest demographics when it comes to pedestrian deaths, accounting for nearly 20% of all fatalities. As we get older, our bodies often deteriorate, and the weaker bones and health problems that can accompany aging make these accidents extremely dangerous. Pedestrians are bereft of the steel frames that surround and protect passengers in vehicles, and they often receive their most severe traumatic injuries from the initial impact of being hit by the car, or the secondary impact of striking the hard concrete. For this reason, age matters a great deal, as a collision that may have resulted in a month long hospital stay for an able bodied 30-year-old could result in a fatality for an older man or woman.