ANSWERS: 50
  • Of course. My actions caused a person's death.
  • Hi Doggie, I would feel guilty if I hit the person, regardless if it was my fault or not. Admittedly so, a bit less if I intended it...
  • I wouldn't feel guilty but I would be devastated.
  • I would feel horribly guilty if I hit someone:)
  • I will certainly feel sorry for the person who got hit by me and died. I will feel bad because I got involved in the loss of a life. But will I feel guilty? No. If I start feeling guilty for all that goes wrong despite my best efforts to live a life abiding the law strictly, I just won't be able to carry on with this life.
  • Absolutely...if someone were to die by my hand, no matter who was at fault, I would feel that I had taken a life...there may be variables to take into consideration regarding the level of guilt (if they had a family, if they were a good/bad person etc..), but the guilt would still be there for some time, if not forever.
  • oh yeah i would feel guilty. This type of situation happend to my brother. He felt like a murderer. oh i would flip out knowing that i had killed someone even tho it was their fault.
  • It'd depend on how enthusiastic I was in stomping the gas pedal before the impact.
  • Yes, I would definitely feel guilty. I'm a logical person so I'd know it wasn't my fault, but logic and emotion definitely don't mesh up most of the time.
  • I would feel sad that we were both in the same place at the same time. But I would not feel guilty unless I was going way over the speed limit and could have stopped/kept from hitting the person if I was not speeding.
  • Yes I would, because I should be in control of my vehicle.
  • Logically I'd say No but the truth is when faced with knowing it was YOU who took the life of another I'm sure I would, of course, feel huge guilt.
  • A friend of mine in high school hit someone and killed them. It was found to be 100% the pedestrian's fault. She had to see counselors for years about it. How can you not feel guilt for killing someone.
  • Yeah, guess so yo...
  • Even though there wasn't anything I could have done...it would haunt me for life.
  • yeah i would have just ended someones life but they didnt have to be there at that moment and i shouldnt have been going wherever i was goin then the situation could have been avoided things just dont work out all the time :(
  • Guilty? absolutely not. Would I feel sad or remorseful? Yes.
  • I'd kill myself, I'm sure of it. I couldn't live like that.
  • No guilt, it was karma's way of saying that it was their time. Fate had it that you and that person were there at the same time. I would feel empathetic for the mourning family but I know I would move on because these things shouldnt haunt us.
  • I certainly would if I would have seen her and had been able to stop and did not. In our state I also would be legally guilty.
  • Incredibly guilty. I could have been in a similar situation a few weeks ago when I had that car accident. Although the other driver was found to be 100% at fault, had he died I don't know how I ever would have forgiven myself.
  • I probably wouldn't feel guilty, but I certainly would feel terrible that I had taken another life. : ((
  • i wouldn't feel guilty. here's why: 1: i can't drive- yet. 2: she *wasn't* suppose to cross the road and you had the right to drive since the light was green. 3: like you said, it's not a proper place to cross so she'd died because for not following directions.
  • Only if I wasn't paying attention or driving way too fast.
  • What a silly question! Of course I would feel guilty, I killed someone. I would not feel I did anything illegal, nor should I receive legal punishment for it. But I am afraid I would relive that scene and beat myself up over it for the rest of my life.
  • I would feel tremendously bad because another human being's life was lost. It doesn't seem that there was anything from the driver's point of view that could have prevented the tragic accident. I think I would feel horrible rather than guilt and would come to that conclusion after speaking with a professional.
  • In a split second, All of this happens, Ending of ones life, That persons life has gone..that persons memory, Everything. I would feel Like Ive failed :)
  • No, I'd get on Ab as quick as possible and give myself +4
  • I would feel very sad that I was not able to stop in time. Many people are unhappy and want to kill themselves.... if this was the case, at least they got what they wanted. Hopefully, this will never happen in my travels. When I drive, I am sober and pay attention so there would be no guilt on my part.
  • Yes, I would feel immense grief for a very long time.
  • It would be very confusing for my mind .. but I'd say Yes I'd feel guilty because life is not white and black.
  • i feel guilty for everything, so yes, i would.
  • Yes!! Who cares who's fault it was, either way, someone lost their life and it could've been avoided.
  • I'll feel guilty because I would be guilty.
  • Yes, of coarse. The fact that they had most of the blame for their injuries helps me feel better, but a driver is supposed to be in control of their vehicle at ALL times, no matter how many traffic control siglnals or devices affect the particular situation, I, and ONLY ME am responsible for the accident, or the avoidance of one. Therefor, I am responsible to make adjustments so my vehicle cannot come in contact with anything while I operate it. Now: If the person jumped from a blind area, and landed in the path of my vehicle with the intention of causing the collision, it changes things. In the case you mention, the driver may not hold much blame in court, but had a personal obligation to be more responsible. Now go call the authorities and fess up. (Leaving the scene just makes you look guiltier).
  • I'd feel just wonderful, and be happy that modern day natural selection is doing it's job. One less idiot who doesn't care about anyones well-being would off the road, and they would be dead with no injuries to anyone else. The first thing I would do is make sure my car is fine, and check their glove box for their insurance information.
  • Absolutely. No amount of logic could prevent that for me. - Recently I hit a tree down in the road in an ice storm at night and damaged a company truck. The company says it was not preventable. Logic agrees. But still in the back of my mind are the thoughts "if I had been going slower", "if I had been watching more closely", "if i had stopped for the night before dark". - Hitting and killing a person would be infinitely worse.
  • Yeah I would at first, but I would soon come to peace about it as long as I was paying attention while driving. They should've looked both ways before crossing the street illegally.
  • It would ruin my day, but I wouldn't feel guilty. I'd get my lawyer just in case though.
  • yes i would be always thinking i could have donw this or that. yes that person shouldnt have been crossing. but prehaps i could have been more careful...
  • Yes...I'd feel that if my trip was delayed by few seconds maybe they wouldn't have died......
  • i would be upset, but i would try to talk myself out of the guilt
  • Yes I would feel guilty and I believe that I should. I do believe in the United States the pedestrian has the right of way. Does not matter if they were breaking the law or not. If the law has changed I am unaware but the guilt would be overwhelming for me. I have always felt that accidents don't just happen and it is up to each of us to watch out for one another. If I hit someone and caused their death. I do not feel I would ever drive again.
  • Depends on who I hit, if it was a kid then of course I would feel guilty.
  • Sounds like sumthin' I'd bat around in my head for quite a while, yes! ;-)
  • well it would be there fault but i would feel guilty either way. but maybe i could have stopped when i saw that person.
  • yes i would because even if was not my fault someone died. i get upset if i run over a skunk and end it's life.
  • I would not feel guilt. Guilt comes from feeling responsible for doing something wrong. Although I am supposed to control my car and give all pedestrians the right-of-way at all times, I know I cannot be perfect and can't always anticipate when someone will step out into the street at the wrong time/place. In my jurisdiction, I could not be charged with auto manslaughter, reckless endangerment or any other crime as long as I was not under the influence or speeding. However, I would definitely feel remorse and sadness for the unnecessary loss of a precious life. I would probably have sensorial memories and thoughts of the incident for a long time. I would probably try to contact the person's family to express my remorse directly to them.
  • Yeah. I mean just because I had a green light, and they were crossing in the wrong spot, doesn't mean that I can just stop watching the road. As a responsible adult, that's idiotic of me. And legally guilty or not, I'd be actually guilty.
  • Interesting question. I would feel guilty, but it would be more accurate to say that I would feel inadequate. In your hypothetical, the pedestrian is legally at fault for crossing in a manner that drivers on the road would not expect. (If you see someone standing on a sidewalk halfway down the block, you don't expect them to step right out in front of you.) I would ask myself if I missed something, if I could have reacted faster, if the collision could have been avoided. And if the answers to those were all "no," I'd still feel deeply regretful. This one stings a little. My grandmother was killed in a car accident about 15 years ago. She pulled into an intersection and literally right in front of an oncoming car. There was absolutely no question that it was her fault. The driver and the passenger in the truck she pulled out in front of weren't hurt (at least not physically), but they were absolutely guilt-stricken over it. My Dad (this was his mother who was killed) went over to their house to let them know that all of us knew this was not their fault, and to tell them (correctly) that my grandmother would be horrified if they were beating themselves up over something that was not their fault. I suspect that may have been one of the hardest things to do that he's ever done in his life. But it was the right thing to do, it needed to be done no matter how tough it was, and so he did it. My Dad's like that.

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