A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student was crossing University Avenue last week when she was struck by an oncoming motorist.
The student, whose name has been withheld, was in the crosswalk when she was struck, reports Cpl. Paul Mouton. The driver had made a left from McKinley Street onto University when the two parties collided.
The student received minor injuries to her leg and was taken to a local hospital. The driver received a ticket for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Louisiana law is very clear when it comes to the rules governing motorist and pedestrian interactions in both crosswalks and roadways in general. A vehicle must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk that are in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle is or will be after turning onto the road.
For the part of the pedestrian, they may not suddenly leave the curb to enter the crosswalk so as to render the vehicle without time to yield. Further, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to motorists when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. If there are traffic control devices in operation, pedestrians may only cross between to adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk.
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