Across Louisiana and specifically throughout Lafayette, thousands of commuters travel to and from work downtown. With distractions at the tips of fingers, drivers choose to eat, drink and use their phones while operating 4,000-pound vehicles at 50 mph.
On June 5, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette employee was walking to her assigned parking space behind McDonald's in lot 33 near the intersection of W. St. Mary Boulevard and Johnson Street when she was struck by a motorist. Although she'd waiting for the cross signal to give her the go ahead and looked both ways once again before taking off, she was struck while crossing the street by the driver of a Nissan Altima.
For bicyclists, it can sometimes feel like a motor vehicle driver’s world here in Louisiana. However, it is important to remember that state law does provide important protections for those who ride bikes. Bicyclists are not without rights in the state.
Hit by a car. It is a risk you take as a pedestrian.