Accident typology for elderly pedestrians in towns based on police reports


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Elderly people now form an ever-increasing proportion of the, population in western countries. Walking is their favored mode of travel. Vulnerable, with limited mobility, they are more prone to road accidents. The department of accident mechanisms of INRETS is involved in road unsafety by the way of a clinical analysis of road accidents. It has developed a programme dealing with accident research into elderly pedestrians in towns. Particular attention was paid to the interface between elderly pedestrians and urban planning/environment using detailed analysis of police reports. This paper sets out the approach used to examine the objective unsafety processes involving elderly pedestrians in towns, in relation to the type of the road, layout and structure of public areas. Work was carried in two medium-sized towns. The method is described and a detailed description of several accident scenarios is given.

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