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Do rural or urban accidents claim more pedestrian lives?

Some people may think that fatal pedestrian accidents are far less common in rural areas for a number of reasons. For example, they may assume that traffic is less hectic and that drivers, as well as pedestrians, will be able to pay better attention to the road and avoid an accident. However, these types of accidents can claim the lives of pedestrians anywhere there is traffic, and many lives have been lost in rural areas over the years.

The Federal Highway Administration has published information that offers a comparison of the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in rural locations versus urban areas. The FHWA references a review which analyzed over 200 studies and found that pedestrian accidents which happen in rural areas are more likely to result in the loss of a pedestrian’s life, even though more pedestrian accidents take place in urban locales. In their study, the FHWA also found that pedestrian fatalities were more common in rural parts of North Carolina than in urban areas of the state between 1997 and 2002.

It has been suggested that pedestrians may be more likely to pass away when they are hit by a car in a rural area because the vehicles are traveling at faster speeds. However, the roads can be dangerous for pedestrians anywhere and it is crucial to keep safety in mind if you walk to work, jog or find yourself walking along the road for any other reason. Moreover, if you are hit by a reckless driver, it is essential to familiarize yourself with your legal options if you have experienced physical, emotional or financial problems due to the accident.

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