The “Ignorance is Bliss” Defense
By Bob Mionske
“I didn’t see the cyclist.”
It’s the most common explanation motorists offer after hitting a rider.
Even though the cyclist was wearing high-visibility clothing.
Or was well-lit.
Or was riding in broad daylight.
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 the full article at bicycling.com here -> The “I Didn’t See the Cyclist” Defense | Road Rights | Bicycling.com.