yes, but that is like merging into the fast lane on a highway going fast......****in learn how to ride the mountain before gettin in other peopel's way......you turn into a moving tree otherwise. or at least stack yourself up with football gear, so when i ****ing plow over your ass by accident, i don't kill you and get blamed.
|Originally posted by Chris Mercer:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by PhysicsMan:
[QB]>......Second, with respect to "taking the blame", perhaps we can reason by analogy. What happens when 70 y.o. "Grandma" heads onto the interstate ...and gets rear-ended ... Who is at fault? [QB]
</font>[/quote]Thanks for your response, Chris.
In the case of "Grandma", I was actually more interested in learning what really happens (maybe from some lawyers or LE types) than hearing what people, you included, believe should
happen in this situation.
With respect to on-the-hill behavior, did you see my comments stating that the incidence of collisions caused by truly good skiers (eg, patrollers, instructors, etc.) is negligible even though they spend much more time on the hill than recreational skiers. Their at-fault accident rate should be compared to that caused by people who have been skiing recreationally a couple of years.
The take-home message that I derive from this comparison is not a sarcastic comment about possible permitting, but an exhortation to (a) learn to ski more like good skiers do (ie, in control and with a high level of situational awareness), and (b) if you are not quite there yet, admit it (even if just to yourself), and modify your skiing so you minimize the chance you might cause others suffering and pain.
I strongly suspect your opinions on this issue will change dramatically if you are ever hit from behind and wake up a couple of months later in the hospital, paralyzed, drooling, and not able to even take care of yourself - maybe for a few months, maybe forever. I really doubt you would be thinking, "yeah, the other guy had the right to do this to me, and I know I should have gotten off the f**ing mountain to be sure I was out of the way of him and all skiers 'better' than myself."
Tom / PM