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Old March 29 2013, 10:10 AM   #54
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Re: The Dashcam Chronicles

Okaaaaaay...

1) Out of the ordinary? Really?
...no, not really. Not even a little bit. I see far crazier things than this every week in San Francisco. This just looks like a small oopsie to me. The driver of the van simply overestimated how far along the pedestrians were in the crosswalk, by like... a second or two. They barely even spared the van a glance (the one on the right only looks back when you honk), and she certainly didn't "nearly hit" them. I have been nearly hit by a car, and that's not what this was. The peds didn't even speed up their pace, and the van never got that close to them. She began her turn, slowed down, pulled to the right and toward you a little bit to get around them, and that was it. Not seeing anything worth getting worked up over or Youtube'ing here, honestly.

2) Disclaimer: I don't drive. So I very well could be simply mistaken here... but it looks to me like you arrived at the intersection after she was already halfway through her turn. Wouldn't she have the right of way? Are you really supposed to wait to make your left turn not only for cars making right turns across from you, but also for cars who WILL make right turns but haven't even arrived at the intersection yet?

3) Furthermore, right-of-way aside, when I did BEGIN to learn to drive (hated it, which is why I didn't even bother trying to finish the process ), one thing that was drilled into me: regardless of who has the right-of-way in a given situation or who made what mistake, common sense and safe driving practices dictate that whoever has the last opportunity to prevent an accident is obligated to do so. Even if you had the right of way, wouldn't it have been more prudent to simply wait, and not even pull forward into the intersection at all, since - right or wrong - the van was halfway through the turn when you arrived at the line, and clearly had to wait/go around the peds?

So... as to paragraphs 2 and 3, am I right? Or am I full of it?
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