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North Carolina pedestrians rarely feel safe

Do you feel safe walking around the roads and streets of North Carolina? If you don't, you have a lot in common with your neighbors. It often turns out that states and towns that rely more on cars for transportation are less accommodating for pedestrians, and the Tar Heel State is no exception.

A recent study showed that two-thirds of North Carolinians do not feel safe walking on roads without sidewalks. Half of those surveyed said that they don't even feel safe walking on a sidewalk. This comes after a 4% decrease in pedestrian fatalities in the state from 2016 to 2017, making it 16th in the nation for pedestrian fatalities.

Teenagers and young adults are particularly at risk, as they tend to walk along roads and streets more often than children and older people. Raleigh, which many believe has been designed as a "car city," has a lot of pedestrian injuries and fatalities near bus stops.

Advocates for pedestrians believe towns and cities can adjust their planning to slow drivers down and reduce the danger of collisions. "If you're driving down Main Street in the middle of downtown Durham, people are driving fairly slow there," said one advocate, referring to the principle that drivers are slower where there is more activity.

Pedestrian victims of motor vehicle collisions in North Carolina have the right to seek a jury verdict, settlement or mediated payout of financial damages. The same is true for victims of other types of personal injuries caused by others. An attorney can help victims seek justice and compensation for their injuries.

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