Thank you for writing about the continued effort to blame victims that spans back to the invention of term "jaywalker" in the early nineteen hundreds.
As a lawyer who represents pedestrians and bicyclists I wish "lark" were correct that "drivers are ALWAYS held accountable if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a moving vehicle no matter what." That is simply not the law in the US. Injured people have to prove that a driver was negligent in causing a collision. Too often pedestrians and bicyclists lose their memory in a crash and, without a witness, they may lose their claim as well.
We need a presumption of civil liability for drivers who collide with pedestrians and bicyclists. This would provide the motivation that drivers need to pay attention and avoid collisions. Drivers are the ones with the most power to prevent collisions and the most protection in the event of a collision. The law should favor the vulnerable so that our streets can be safer for everyone.
If this (and other ideas for pedestrian and bicyclists safety interest you, consider attending Cascade Bicycle Club's Big Ideas Festival on Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It's at Magnuson Park, 7787 62nd NE, Seattle, WA 98115.