Safe roads are the responsibility of everyone in Louisiana. This includes pedestrians. While drivers should watch out for you, you also need to ensure that you watch out and follow the law when it comes to crossing the road. Knowing the right of way rules can help you to make sure that you stay safe and avoid pedestrian accidents whether you are driving or walking.

According to KPLC, as a pedestrian, you have the right of way in a crosswalk as long as there is no traffic signal at the crossing. Drivers must stop and allow you to cross if they are on the same street as you or turning onto the same street. Do note, though, that this does not mean you can just walk out into the street without looking for traffic or expect that traffic will stop if you set foot on the road. You cannot actually begin to cross if there is traffic unless there is time enough for a driver to see you and stop.

If there is not a crosswalk present, you must yield to traffic. You can still cross, but you should not expect drivers to stop for you. It is your responsibility to make sure the roadway is clear and you can cross safely. If a vehicle comes, you must allow it to proceed. Furthermore, it is not legal for you to cross at an intersection with traffic lights if there is not a marked crosswalk.

Regardless of the law and where you are crossing, you should pay attention as a pedestrian because you face the greater danger in an accident. This information is for education and is not legal advice.