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The Raleigh-Cary area of North Carolina (NC) has been ranked the sixth most dangerous area for pedestrians according to a study done by Transportation for America.

The study is part of a larger campaign held by Transportation for America known as Dangerous by Design. The goal of the campaign is to work with legislatures on both federal and state levels to improve roadways for pedestrians. The TFA feels that by adding additional sidewalks, crossways, and reducing speed limits we will be able to cut down on the high number of pedestrian deaths that occur annually nationwide.

The TFA researched the top ten most dangerous cities to walk in for the Dangerous by Design campaign, ranking the Raleigh-Cary area six out of ten due to the 43 pedestrian deaths that occurred in 2007 and 2008 in the area.

The Top Ten Most Dangerous Pedestrian Areas

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
  4. Jacksonville, FL
  5. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  6. Raleigh-Cary, NC
  7. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  8. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  9. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  10. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

The TFA hopes to make every roadway safer for pedestrians to walk along but there are precautions you can take in the meantime if you live in the Raleigh-Cary area. Try to limit your walking to roads that have sidewalks for pedestrians. Always pay attention to oncoming cars, do not assume they can see you. Drivers can easily become distracted and cause an accident in an instant. Finally, use extreme caution when crossing the road. The majority of pedestrian fatalities occur while the pedestrian is attempting to cross an intersection. Follow the street light signals and always check twice for passing cars before crossing.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.


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