Auto-Pedestrian accidents can only happen when a pedestrian and an auto try to
occupy the same space at the same time. That's why we have designated
areas for pedestrians (sidewalks)... and designated areas for autos (the
streets). When a pedestrian decides to enter the streets...
there's a good chance there's going to be a problem. When an auto
enters the sidewalks... there's good chance there's going to be a
problem. We need to teach everybody that it makes as much sense
for a pedestrian to run into the street without checking, as it makes sense for
a driver to drive on the sidewalks without checking. Sometimes it makes sense
to do both, ie when a pedestrian is crossing the street, or when a car is
entering a driveway, etc... But when these situations come up... it's
imperative to check that it's safe to proceed.Drivers need to
watch for pedestrians. And pedestrians need to watch for drivers. And do
everything they can to avoid occupying the same space at the same time.