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Fast cars and people walking near them may lead to an accident.

How many people do cars a year in Houston hit? Elderly pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents at a much higher rate than younger people, according to a recent government report.

The national analysis of data between 2001 and 2010 showed that death rates for men 75 years or older were more than double those of people under 35, according to the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Death rates for women pedestrians 75 and older were more than double those of all pedestrians under 65.

How many pedestrians dies each year from crash-related injuries? Approximately 4,000 in the United States. These types of car accidents often lead to wrongful death or other personal injury cases. 

What can the City of Houston do to make things more safe? It can be improved by creating communities with safe walking areas. Similar accidents happend all over Texas. A recent traffic accident in North Arlington involving a hit-and-run driver who severely injured an elderly man walking along a sidewalk illustrates the dangers facing pedestrians these days. The biggest percentage increase in vehicle accidents involving pedestrians occurred last year in Dallas,Denton and Tarrant counties, which saw increases of 12 percent, 81 percent and 8 percent respectively over 2012.

By creating more four-way stops, the city can slow down traffic. The slower cars are moving, the safer it is for pedestrians.

- Article By Richard Weaver

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