In Louisiana, drivers have a responsibility to remain safe and to minimize the risk to other drivers while on the road. In addition, safe driving practices amongst other vehicles, drivers also need to take special care around pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable around motor vehicles. According to the NHTSA, about 88 pedestrians died in traffic accidents every 88 minutes in 2017.
It is important that drivers take every necessary precaution to ensure that pedestrians are safe. Remember that nearly everyone takes the role of a pedestrian sometimes. Your neighbors and loved ones should be able to enjoy a walk without worry of a car accident.
As a driver, you need to make sure to keep an eye out at all times. Pedestrians can be anywhere. At night or in hard-to-see conditions, you need to slow down and practice more caution than normal. If there are pedestrians crossing the street, then you need to stop and give plenty of room to those crossing. Additionally, you stopping can indicate to other drivers that they need to stop also.
You should always use caution when backing up, follow the speed limit and be extra careful in school zones or neighborhoods. If you see a car stopped near a crosswalk, do not try to pass that vehicle. There may be pedestrians that you cannot see. One of the best ways to ensure that you do not hit a pedestrian is to practice extra caution and never drive under the influence.
None of the above information is meant to be legal advice. It is for informational purposes only.