I don’t drive a lorry, but I know that not all lorry drivers are like the one who deliberately knocked into the female biker on the PIE.
While not all accidents are deliberate, it is always easier to just point our fingers at drivers as the cause of accidents.
After all, the law penalizes all drivers who are involved in accidents, regardless of the cause of the accident.
Cyclists riding everywhere else except the extreme left lane.
Jaywalkers dashing across the road.
Motorcyclists swerving in and out of lanes.
I once encountered this situation when I was less than 10 metres away from this jaywalker, but he still decided to dash across the road anyway. I jammed my brakes and blasted my horn at him. He managed to get to the other side of the road safely (thanks to my quick reflexes and good brakes) and raised his hand to apologize, but I winded down my window to give him a peace of my mind anyway.
He saw me approaching, but why on earth would he still dash out across the road? Common sense would have told anybody not to, and to wait until the traffic is clear before crossing the road. That’s what we were all taught since young, right?
Perhaps he was in a rush, or maybe he thought he would be fast enough to cross the road (even when I was already seconds away from where he stood), or maybe he blatantly thought everyone should just give way to him (which seems to be the egotistical mentality of a lot of drivers and pedestrians alike).
My point is, accidents happen everyday and the driver isn’t always the one at fault.
In my case, I was travelling within the speed limit and I didn’t slow down even though I saw him standing at the side of the road. I would assume he was probably waiting for a cab, or at least wait for me to pass so he could cross. Nobody would have expected him to dash out. If that had been an accident, my only mistake was not being able to brake in time.
It will be my fault for not being able to brake in time, but the cause of the accident was a reckless jaywalker. Not a reckless driver.
Similarly, if I was driving a cement truck, and a young cyclist misjudged the speed of my vehicle and dashes across the road, we have another tragic case where the cause of the accident would be a reckless cyclist. Not a reckless cement truck driver.
(This is just my opinion. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.)
It is always unfortunate when a road user loses his life in an accident,
But it isn’t fair to always blame the driver.
I have been driving for 8 years and remained accident-free.
I intend to keep it that way.