Q&A - Should the Pedestrian Have Waited?
I pulled up to a crosswalk and a stop sign where there were pedestrians crossing. I came to a stop and let them go. after when there were no more pedestrians in sight I moved forward to see the traffic to ensure it was safe for me to go through the intersection (2-way stop).
As I pulled up a surge of traffic came and I was unable to proceed, which stopped me in the crosswalk.
While stopped, a pedestrian came to the crosswalk and proceeded to walk around the front of my vehicle, just as there was a clearing in traffic. Fortunately I saw her and did not move forward.
I honked the horn and told her she should have gone behind my car. She yelled back she had no choice but to go infront because I was in her way. I could understand her angst if she was waiting there to cross when I arrived, but seen as I was the first to arrive and was stopped by traffic when she eventually walked up, I feel that it was her duty as a pedestrian to proceed with caution behind my vehicle.
Not once did she attempt to make eye contact with me to make sure I saw her when she walked in front and on top of this she had to walk out into the on coming traffic to get around the front of my vehicle.
This seems incredibly unsafe for her to do. And what if I wasn't a driver who is aware of their surroundings and just started to drive before looking ahead? I tried to explain to her that I was mad not for the inconvenience but for the fact that I could have hurt her.
In summary, what I am wondering is how should she have proceeded. I know what I would have done as a pedestrian. And I know that as a vehicle you shouldn't impede the safe walkway of a pedestrian. but in this circumstance, I had followed the rules, but then was stopped uncontrollably by the sudden flow of traffic.
If I had not moved ahead through the crosswalk I would not have been able to tell if it was safe for me to go.
Was I in the wrong or was the pedestrian in the wrong?