Why are people so desperate to defend the car? On a cycling forum no less!
I think it's because you've focussed on a relatively minor offense while theres the elephant in the room of a ten tonne truck weaving into the breakdown lane at 70mph!
Sorta like when a cyclist gets wiped out by a red light running truck, and then focussing on the fact that the rider doesn't have a bell fitted...
It's a matter of getting things into perspective.