When you read about vehicle crashes in the news, it is easy to categorize those responsible as dangerous. It’s easy to believe they are the exception rather than the rule and that most people you know would never be as stupid or reckless as the drivers in question were.
Yet, when you consider how quickly a crash can occur, it’s not hard to see that it doesn’t take much to cause one. It does not require someone to be particularly stupid or reckless. It just requires them to make one small mistake.
Most drivers do something dangerous at some point
If you reflect on your driving history, you can likely find examples of mistakes you have made and gotten away with. The same would be true for anyone. Driving is difficult. It’s a complex task that requires a lot of concentration and coordination. If you are feeling under the weather, tired or stressed it can make driving safely even more of a challenge. So, it’s understandable that drivers make errors that end in collisions.
That does not make their errors OK, though. Every driver has a responsibility to do all they can to drive in a way that does not jeopardize the safety of others. If someone makes a mistake that injures you, you have every right to seek compensation from them, just as they would from you if the situation were reversed. You don’t need to show they are a stupid person or a dangerous one. You just need to show that in the moments before the crash, they were negligent, and one mistake is all it takes to show that.