The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499   Message #4066301
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
28-Jul-20 - 12:47 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
In the old days people were knocked down by drivers.
That seems to pre-suppose that the 'driver' was at fault, and caused the accident with the pedestrian/cyclist. That is not always the case. If a cyclist smashes into the side of a car they can rarely be describes as "knocked down by the driver".