With a child on a bike you have to assume they will not obey the law
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
The young boy who rode his bike across the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Forest Avenue should have looked both ways concluded an investigator. The bus had a green light, was heading south and as the 13-year-old crossed he was struck by the bus. He suffered a broken let and facial cuts according the Register report.
Maybe this novel of accident involving DART could be titled, Dark Days for Dangerous Dart Dodging Des Moines Pedestrians. An updated article reports on the boys medical progress.
The Iowa uniform jury instructions discuss Iowa's laws concerning the amount of caution drivers should exercise when children are seen. You pretty much have to assume young children will do the unexpected; meaning as a driver you should expect them to do something naïve or what an adult wouldn't do. So the rule is, always expect the unexpected. As a driver keep your eye on the child, slow way down and be ready to brake.
While the child isn't faultless, neither is the driver.