In situations like this there are no such things as an accident. An accident is something that is 100% unavoidable no matter the variables involved. Regardless what is done to change the outcome it is always the same.I understand that sometimes accidents are just that, accidents. If it was a car that the truck cut off there would have not been a loss of life and two young children would still have their father. Mike was on a bike in a bike lane and was killed because of an illegal act by the driver, the penalty should be higher because of the outcome.
But in the end, nothing changes.
Well, yes it does matter. By your own reasoning sending people to prison for murder or rape or robbery would not be justifiable. The purpose of law IS to regulate and control human behavior. Yes, accidents do happen but sometimes accidents are avoidable. Hate to say it Mark, and I'm not trying to argue here just state my opinion, your reasoning gives an excuse to every motorist that runs down, harasses or bullies a bicyclist. IMHO.Doesn't matter. Nothing you do will bring the person back. You will not regulate away the human condition and the failures that come with that. Accidents happen. It is a part of life. We all should understand that as a possible outcome as a result of our choice to cycle and be willing to accept that risk. It is a tragic situation all the way around.