By newly passed, newly grassed - 06/12/2014 17:04 - United Kingdom - Birmingham
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It may sound irrational but you are actually spose to just hit the ducks and not swerve so you don't end up hurting someone else. Your efforts were valiant though.
There's no actual law but most of the time it's better to just run them over sad as it is. My aunt tried to swerve and avoid a cat one time but she tipped her car over and was sent to the hospital. So as sad as it is it's usually just better to go straight and hope the animal(s) get out of the way.
Definitely better to just keep driving or at most very slowly come to a stop. Here there was a girl who suddenly stopped her car for ducks and she ended up killing a man and his daughter (they were close behind and ended up hitting her). It was an accident, but she did get charged with criminal negligence (amoung other consequences). So yeah, better safe than sorry :/
In the U.S (driver's Ed), I learned that if if it over half the size of your tire, you should try to avoid it. If not, you're supposed to hit it WITH the exception of domesticated animals such as dogs and cats. If you hit a dog or cat you're supposed to find the owner.
#61, I know this sounds harsh but it was probably the man's fault. Where I live, if someone hits you from behind, it's their fault, no questions asked. you should be prepared for someone in front of you to make a sudden stop in case of children, animals, etc. running in front of the vehicle. If you hit someone from behind, you were either driving too fast or too close. If you're driving at moderate-high speeds, there should be a 3 sec distance between each car I believe.
#69 yeah, it's a pretty sad case all around. The woman stopped her car in the highway's fast lane and didn't put hazard lights on, at a time when visibility was low. Plus there was a car between the two which swerved around her car at the last minute (thus blocking the victim's view of the car till then). On the other hand, as you said the victim should have been driving slower and further back (especially since he was on a motorcycle with his daughter), not to mention he let himself get distracted (he got distracted by the sight of the girl moving the ducks and signaled to his wife behind him to be careful). The wife/mother of the victims doesn't want the woman to suffer, she understands everyone should have been more careful and just wants it all to be over :/