Wait wait wait.
Granted. People in cars should always be on the lookout for pedestrians. I hit a bicyclist once. The bicyclist was damaged (broken bones) and ticketed because he was in the wrong.
Just because you, as a pedestrian, having the right of way doesn't mean that you shouldn't be aware of and extremely careful of oncoming traffic.
I feel you need to explain this more. My brain is hurting from the fact that you ran into someone on a bike, there were broken bones, and you weren't ticketed or (possibly) sued. Also, in your post, it sounds like you don't really care like you hurt someone. It could be the internet but that really shocks me.
I've looked up some things about pedestrians in my state (IL). At a legal crosswalk, pedestrians always have right of way as long as they are crossing legally. So, if I'm going across the street, I trump you in the car making a right or left turn. I actually trump a normal pedestrian by having a visible disability (woo red tipped cane) as I am supposed to be yielded to no matter what. But drivers don't seem to care, considering how many times I've nearly been hit or had my cane nearly taken out of my hands due to someone having to turn right or left RIGHT.NOW.
However, if I'm jaywalking, then I do have to yield to the drivers. And probably would be ticketed if a cop saw me or if I got hit. It's why I don't jaywalk, but sometimes I wonder if it would be safer than a crosswalk. Drivers seem to pay more attention to things that dart out from the side of the road than people crossing a crosswalk.
not sure why this hurts your brain. It sounds obvious from the post that the cyclist was in the wrong. So your solution would be to ticket the the driver of the car? Why, simply because the cyclist is injured? That makes no sense to me at all.
I think it is, as a PP said, a regional difference going on. In my state, the person driving the car would be in the wrong, even if the bicyclist was doing something wrong. It didn't even cross my mind that there would be such a difference in different states about what happens when someone hits a bicyclist.
Green above, yes it is an internet thing (probably the way I phrased it, too.) Trust me, I still have nightmares of a body rolling across the hood of my car. I know I posted this story in a different thread a while back and I didn't want to derail this thread any more than I already had.
To clarify -- At a stop light with 2 left turn lanes (off-ramp and left was the only way to turn.) I was in the far left lane and a full-sized van was next to me, causing a huge blind spot. Light turned green, I stepped on the gas and a second later I heard a shout, I slammed on my brakes and there was a body rolling across the hood of my car.
Bicyclist was ticked for 1. Failure to yield to traffic, 2. Running a red light, 3. Riding on the wrong side of the street (against the flow of traffic), 4. Riding a bicycle without a helmet, 5. Improperly equipped bicycle (no lights -- I think they just threw this one in there, it was broad daylight
) Bicyclist had a broken collar bone, slight concussion and a lot of road-rash.
Again, SPuck, I apologize for the derailment.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled thread . . .