The “I Didn’t See the Cyclist” Defense

The front windshield of Sommit Luangpakham’s vehicle was smashed in after the crash in 2009, injuring five cyclists.

 

This is a great editorial by Bob Mionske, in my opinion, and worth reading. 

It’s the “ignorance is bliss” defense: “I didn’t see the cyclist, and I didn’t intend to hit anybody. It was just an accident. It’s nobody’s fault.”

Well, yes, it is somebody’s fault. It’s your fault, it doesn’t matter that you didn’t “intend” to hit somebody. You did hit somebody, and if you didn’t see the cyclist because you weren’t paying attention, it’s your fault.

Read more:  The “I Didn’t See the Cyclist” Defense | Road Rights | Bicycling.com

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