Pedestrians are not always cautious when crossing the street. They cross when they shouldn't, expecting 2 to 4 ton vehicles to yield, even when the driver is operating lawfully. The law says pedestrians should always have the right of way, even when they're wrong. So many pedestrians are hit and killed in accidents every year because they weren't paying attention or the driver was wreckless, ill, unattentive, or under the influence. Due to so many variables being present when a pedestrian crosses the street, safety should be the pedestrian's first priority.
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Good answer, Garifalia. I think you've struck the perfect balance in giving shared responsibility to both pedestrian and driver. I like your focus on obligation holding slightly more weight for the driver. Too shay!
My point exactly.
Amen! lburmaster. I always say, "2-ton car or 140lb me?" It's a no-brainer!
Mick, you're right, point well taken. I know there are mean and thoughtless drivers out there. But at the end of the day, I'd rather be in control of my own safety and not expect the driver to do right by me. I will lose.
Yes you will lose because of the thoughtless drivers, by giving the pedestrians the right of way, we are forcing a legal precedent. And yes, pedestrians have also to be resonsible, and only venture on to the road when they consider it safe to do so.