|Driving and pedestrians...
||[Dec. 9th, 2014|10:57 pm]
The Question Club
Oh man TQC, |
I have never had such a close call with a pedestrian before. So ever since moving to Seattle in September, I am a pedestrian probably about 99% of the time, but tonight I drove to the gym because it would have taken 40 minutes to get there by bus, it was raining, and there is free parking after 9. Anyway, it was dark and raining and although I wasn't STARING at the speedometer at the time, I am pretty positive I was going around 25-30 mph (the speed limit) on an urban non-residential street, lined with pubs and restaurants. Then, out of nowhere, two pedestrians, one wearing all black WITH a black beard appear from the median (like I'm driving with my side closest to the median) and leap out of the way of my car. I slam on the breaks, and luckily, the woman steps back and the man jumps forward.
The man yells at me, "Slow the fuck down, cracker!" (How did he know I was from the South haha?) But like I said, I was definitely not speeding, with both eyes on the road. Obviously if I was going any faster/not looking at the road I would have hit them. It scared the shit out of me.
Since I'm usually a pedestrian, I know NEVER to trust cars, and I could never tell how fast one was going. If I'm wearing all black and it's raining and the streets are dark, I wouldn't decide to just jay walk as a car comes towards me. Obviously they saw my headlights, and I don't feel like it's my duty to stare all the way on the other side of the road to see if any pedestrians will hit my car, as this was not a crosswalk at all.
Am I right?? Like, I have never almost hit someone before, and my adrenaline is still pumping.
What's been your closest call, on either side of this situation?