CDC researchers conducted an analysis of six years of data to examine the characteristics and contributing circumstances of nonfatal older adult pedestrian injuries. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System—All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) were analyzed to gather more information about adults ages 65 and older who were non-fatally injured on a public roadway from 2001 to 2006. Findings showed that, on average, an estimated 52,482 older adults were treated in emergency departments each year for non-fatal pedestrian injuries. The majority (92.5%) of these injuries were the result of an older adult falling and being hit by a motor vehicle. More than 9,000 older pedestrian fall-related injuries each year involved a curb—such as an older adult tripping on a curb. While the growth of the older adult population may add to the overall burden of these non-fatal pedestrian injuries, making transportation and mobility improvements—including environmental modifications—can help prevent them. Findings of this study have not yet been published.
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