When I am driving, I am in some control. My defensive driving skills help me avoid others when they make mistakes or deliberately drive dangerously. Likewise, when I make a mistake, not that I ever do of course, I depend on other drivers to be driving defensively. Mostly it works for me and being in car offers some protection.
What terrifies me at times is being a pedestrian. A man was killed today in St Albans when two cars collided and then crashed into him as he walked on the footpath. I recall from many years ago a tram passenger waiting in a shelter was badly injured when a car crashed into the tram shelter. Imagine that! Sitting quietly, waiting for you tram, maybe reading and kapow. You are cactus.
Sometimes when standing at a street corner waiting to cross, I am looking for avenues of escape should a car come sliding out of control towards me. Will this metal pole offer me protection or will it cause worse injuries when it is flattened on top of me. Perhaps I am better in the open and I can jump up onto the car as it hits me. What if I am hit from behind? At least it will be quick.
The older I get, the more cautious I am becoming when crossing the road, walking between parked cars, watching out for cyclists, giving a good berth to trams and never walking between them.
I think some people reach an age when they start to lose sense and caution when on the roads and footpaths as pedestrians. I see it all the time.
I guess my fears are illogical and the odds are very low, but still, I get a bit afraid at times.