Pedestrians may have the right of way on the roads, but they still must take precautions to remain safe. If a pedestrian acts unpredictably or can’t be seen by cars, a vehicle might not notice them in time to avoid a collision.
NOLA.com reported on an incident that involved the death of a pedestrian who did not follow precautions.
According to the police, a man was walking on Louisiana 21 near midnight. The elderly man was struck by a pickup and killed. At the time of the crash, the man was wearing dark-colored clothing and was walking in the middle of the lane rather than the shoulder. He was seriously injured in the crash and later died at the hospital.
It is unknown if the man was intoxicated, but tests of the driver of the truck showed he was sober. He was also properly driving at the time.
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Walking along a highway is unusual enough, but to do so in dark clothing at night and in the middle of the lane is incredibly risky. By the time a driver’s headlights can reveal you, it will be too late for you or the driver to get out of the way in time. If you must walk at night, try to wear bright or reflective clothing and stay on the shoulder.