When I was a resident, there was a hospital that I used to drive to that was a short distance from my house. The fastest and shortest way to get there was to drive past a school. However, I used to be nervous about taking that route, because I noticed there were always a lot of kids hanging around and I was scared of hitting one of them with my car.
So instead I took an alternate route that was about five minutes longer. It was on a four-lane road (two lanes in either direction) where there were a couple of stoplights and cars went about 40 MPH. There were some crosswalks for pedestrians, but I had never actually seen a pedestrian attempting to cross. It seemed safer to me.
One day, I was driving in the rain. I was in the left lane and I noticed the guy next to my right was slowing to a stop. I had very poor visibility of the crosswalk, but long story short, I managed to hit my brakes just seconds before mowing down a guy marching through the crosswalk.
I was shaking. I couldn't believe I almost hit someone on a road I specifically was taking to avoid hitting anyone.
After the guy walked past me, I continued on my way and the guy continued through the crosswalk. Out of the periphery of my vision, I saw another car slam into him and he flew about ten feet in the air.
1) From then on, I started driving past the school, because at least then I was expecting people to leap in front of my car.
2) Even though in a court of law, this was likely the fault of the car that hit the pedestrian, when you march into a crosswalk, it's probably better to make sure the car have stopped before you leap in. I used to cross at a crosswalk on my way to work and there was little chance this could have happened to me, because I didn't budge unless there were no cars in sight or the cars were stopped. Yes, it might not technically be your fault. But that wouldn't make you any less paralyzed from the neck down. (Spoken as a true rehab doc.)