Laws of Physics Trump Pedestrian Laws

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Laws of Physics Trump Pedestrian Laws

Key Points

  • Pedestrians oblivious to their surroundings 
  • Bicyclists trusting drivers not to hit them
  • When you're dead it doesn't matter that you had the right of way


I'm sure you've seen them. Someone taking their good old time crossing the street, oblivious to the world. No need to check for traffic.

It's as if they are thinking “I'm a pedestrian. I have the right of way. You evil driver of an SUV need to stop and let me cross. I will take as long as I like.”

It's the mentality that the world revolves around them. No need to rush across the street. They are invincible because they are the high and mighty pedestrian. They are far superior than drivers of vehicles, even though they might have just parked their vehicle a few minutes ago.

You see it with bikers too. On narrow winding and hilly roads, you have Joe Biker out there peddling at 10 MPH. It doesn't matter that there is a line of 10 cars waiting to get by him. Damn it, he's a bicyclist. He is far superior to any motor vehicle driver. He has as much right, if not more, to the road as anyone else.

That's all fine and dandy. It's probably a good thing to give pedestrians and bicyclists the right of way. But let's be real. A car vs. a pedestrian or bicyclist is always going to end with the car winning.

It's hard to argue your case of having the right of way when you're lying dead in the middle of the street.

Maybe that evil SUV driver is a young kid who just recently learned how to drive. It's hard enough trying to keep the car on the road, let alone trying to pass a walker or a bicyclist on a narrow road without hitting them.

Go ahead. Stick to your principle that you have the right of way. But why risk your life and also change the life of a young kid who will have to live with the memory forever?

In a Utopian world, we'd all be able to walk wherever we needed to go. But the reality is that roads were made for cars and cars are driven by imperfect people who aren't always as skilled or focused as they should be. Accept it and walk and bike accordingly.

Pedestrians should be much more vigilant than drivers because they aren't going to win the battle.

It's just physics. It doesn't matter what the legal law says when you're lying in your grave.

The law of physics dishes out the verdict.

















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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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True enough Tim Maitski ...while there are rewards for being "right"...there may well also be consequences !

Apr 19, 2018 05:13 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have said many times that yes the pedestrian has the right away, but they can't just expect a car to stop with very little notice.  And if you fee they should be able to stop, do you really want to argue with a car or truck?

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