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on May 16, 2012
This poor woman was probably hit by someone who was in such a hurry they didn't even wait until she crossed the street. This happens to me all the time. The law is the car is supposed to wait at the intersection until the pedestrian has crossed the entire street. Drivers are in such a hurry they "creep" up to the crosswalk barely letting the person cross. It is very dangerous. I wish the Danville PD would give tickets for this every once in awhile.
It's very easy to put blame squarely in the driver's seat. However, pedestrians rarely pay attention at times. Since living in Danville, I've had bicyclists behaving like they're vehicles and impact the flow of traffic. In some instances, pedestrians and bicyclists have come close to hitting MY car. They just don't pay attention and almost walk right into the side of my vehicle!
In addition, the most dangerous places for pedestrians is probably right by the 680 ramp on Sycamore Valley/Diablo Roads. The lights aren't timed appropriately to ensure safety near these high traffic areas and there are always a back log of cars as a result of this. People run the light from the 680 freeway off these and it proves dangerous for all...
Sounds like no one is seriously hurt. Thank goodness! Since she had very minor injuries, I wouldn't pass judgment on who's fault it is. They are probably both to blame and should use caution at all times. As the weather warms up, more people will be out. This should be a warning for all of us to use caution when walking, driving, and bicycling. Stay safe this summer!
Some day I hope we can look forward to a pedestrian bridge here, even if it is a bit unsightly. This is a seriously scary spot, not that crossing any of the east/west roads in Danville or Alamo is safe with all the speeding drivers on their yackity-phones.
Derek! Great Idea. Why not make it an attractive pedestrian bridge celebrating Danville....
Concerned Citizen - "I've had bicyclists behaving like they're vehicles and impact the flow of traffic."
NEWS FLASH - bicyclists are vehicles and must follow the same laws as cars. Which also means we can take over the lane. It also means that my fellow cyclists must remember to signal their intentions and stop at lights. Both sides are guilty of not always following the rules. Lets all be courteous and respectful to each other.
Caution to all pedestrians. The car wins the battle every time. Yes of course it is almost always the "fault" of the driver. But if you are one of the many that trust drivers to see you, then you will soon become one of the minority that are hit by cars.
There are enough occasions when I drive my car when I notice that I can't see a pedestrian in the roadway. Sun in the eyes, or worse yet, glare off of inner windshield that obscures the right side of the road, or when I am slowly turning left, slowly being key, and a pedestrian thinks I see them however, the left front support for the top of the car is perfectly obscuring the pedestrian. Or how about the pedestrians that just step off the street curb without ascertaining the drivers awareness. Or the pedestrians that don't even watch oncoming cars, but are so clued out to their surroundings all they do is walk with their heads down or straight ahead. Hello!!!! DON'T TRUST DRIVERS TO SEE YOU. Legal right-of-way means nothing with respect to Newton's Laws in a collision between a 200 person and a 4000 lb vehicle. You go to the hospital or the morgue and the car goes back to the owners garage or the body shop.
"This poor woman was probably hit by someone who was in such a hurry they didn't even wait until she crossed the street. This happens to me all the time."
Susan, if this happens to you all the time, then you are doing something wrong.
Here is what I think the law should say. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at cross walks. All vehicles must come to a complete stop. Pedestrians approaching and in crosswalks are required by law to look left and look right, in other words be aware of their surroundings, as a common sense way to protect themselves.
What you described almost NEVER happens to me because I adopt a self-preservation attitude. I will use both my eyes and body posture and hand signals to pro-actively communicate and determine driver awareness and intentions. As a result I do not have the same problem you have.
Please don't come back to me about distracted and harried drivers as being the ones at fault, of course they are, but for so many of the pedestrians out there that get hit, or close to getting hit, please realize it is YOUR Responsibility to get across the street without getting hit. And it is the drivers responsibility to be observant and to give you the right of way. HOWEVER, a drivers failure to do so for whatever reason, distracted, having a heart attack, being blinded instantaneously, etc. STILL MEANS YOU CANNOT FAIL IN YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Their car or your life.
Dear Concerned Citizen,
You are one of the reasons cyclists and pedestrians get hit by vehicals. You simply don't know the laws of the road and sadly it could lead to someone getting killed. Scary knowing there are so many drivers out there who are so ignorant.
Please let the citizens of Danville know what kind of car, color and possibly your license plate number so we can all jump off the sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes when we see you coming, if its not already too late.
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