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Contributing Factors: The Good Samaritan v. The Jaywalker

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A news story on MSNBC relates an incident involving a bus driver who pushed three people out of the path of an oncoming vehicle only to get hit by the truck himself. Jim Moffett risked his life and sustained great injury to save two little old ladies and another man.

What he did was a good thing, but The Colorado State Patrol says what he was doing before the collision was not okay. Mr. Moffett, the other man, and the little old ladies were jaywalking. Mr. Moffett was cited and will be fined.

When we hear stories like this, the public reacts with outrage. “How can they fine this man when he probably saved lives?” Well I know precisely how they can do it. His actions were a contributing factor to the collision. The driver of the pickup was cited for reckless driving, but it takes two to cause an accident. One person to not pay attention and another person to be there. If they hadn’t have been jaywalking there wouldn’t have been an accident at all. In the same vein, if the driver had been more attentive, there wouldn’t have been a collision, either. They are both jointly and severally liable.

It takes a very special kind of person to do what Mr. Moffett did and I have the utmost respect for him. I hope that he will be okay and I am sure that the citation will be paid for by admirers (if not dropped altogether).

I hope that others take this instance as a warning that jaywalking is never a good idea. Crosswalks are there for a reason. Helping little old ladies to cross the street is very nice, but making sure they get to the other side safely within a crosswalk is nice and smart.

Our firm regularly deals with pedestrians who have been injured by vehicles. The injuries are often severe because, while the driver has tons of steel protecting them, the people on the street don’t even have a helmet to protect themselves. Be smart out there, we don’t want you or anyone you love to need our services. If the worst should happen, you know where to find us.

Commenters on MSNBC responded with outrage, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with the officers?