My answer to Have you ever done something that unnecessarily put your life at risk?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Yes. As a pedestrian, trusting a right turning car to give me the right of way in a cross walk.
We are getting all types of new gadgets in our autos and on our person these days, but common sense is not being programmed into them. We become different creatures in our cars – full of ourselves and distracted.
We feel entitled, tending our technologies and our powerful machines.
I am a pedestrian, now retired, who has walked the last 11 years by choice from a Veterans Home to a volunteer job daily at the local library. The journey is 3 miles one way. Some of my journey takes me through city traffic. I have found myself sprawled across the hood of a car after the driver turned right without looking to a green light crosswalk while talking on a cell phone. I have been cursed for being in the middle of the road in a clearly marked pedestrian right of way by a speeder late to work running a red light who had to brake to avoid killing me.
I could recount other similar near- miss incidents, too numerous to mention.