Anyone feel like indulging me in a hypothetical discussion?
So... there I am riding along in my automobile, in the correct lane close to but sensibly out from the kerb... it's all legit too, new test certificate, everything in great shape mechanically, I'm insured, taxed, sober, bright-eyed and bushy tailed and I am NOT breaking ANY laws... speeding or otherwise misbehaving in any way. I've a spotless license thanks and intend keeping it that way. This is all happens in clear, bright daylight and my eyesight is better than 20x20. How many ways can I assure you that me and the vehicle are as good as any reasonable person might hope? ... That's how many ways we're good here.
And then... something steps into the road in front of me... there's just no chance of me stopping... I try... but can't. "It" tries to get of my way, but it has left itself no time, so it can't get out of my way.... Whammmm! ... I've hit it... Damn!
Have I done wrong?
Am I guilty of any crime? ... I'll hold my hand up to creating appalling metaphors from time to time, but bear with me... please.
Yes it could be a deer, in fact I think it is, but it could be a dog it could someone in a silly animal suit (or nekked)... for all I know? It all happened so quickly... but, did I do anything wrong or commit any crime? ... at this stage.
You are all supposed to say NO Tom, you're good. There is no fault on your part. Go about your life and feel no blame or shame.
I'll give you the chance now to give me other answers... as I do not know everything and perhaps I've missed something here.