You know, there was two fatal accidents near me the past few days. Both of them the driver and/or occupants of the vehicle that was fatal were at fault. Fault. What is fault within a vehicle accident? Fault means, that the cause of the liability, blame and reason for the accident was with a certain party, etc. Yes, agreed. No biggie.
But it takes two to tango, no? If the person that was at fault did not do something, then there would have been no accident, correct? At least according to the technical and legal aspect of it all. Of course there was another driver/person involved that hit the at fault driver's vehicle and crashed.
In both cases it involved red lighted intersections. One was a motorcycle. Motorcycle ran the red light at high speed and it was the motorcycles fault. However, the vehicle that ran into and over the motorcyclist was on the phone supposedly texting or watching her phone at her red light and when the light turned green, legally proceeded straight across her white line and stopping point. She never looked to her left or right. All she knew 100% is the light that was red in front of her turned green, time to GO. And she did, right over the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist died. His fault. He was convicted and sentenced. She was exonerated. Case closed.
The next one their was a pickup truck with a trailer and boat, family coming back from the weekend out. Pick up truck operator swerves to miss a piece of slow moving farm equipment over a steep blind hill where that pick up truck driver was supposedly going over 80 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. They knew this because of the orange needle mark from the speedometer that was smashed against the plastic gauge cover of the instrument panel when it was pushed against the needle in the head on crash that resulted form the serve of the pickup truck. The pickup truck swerved directly into another vehicle coming over the hill also at a high rate of speed and crashed head on into the one that swerved. If the piece of farm equipment did not suddenly enter the roadway and as well, if the oncoming vehicle was not going so fast as well, the pickup truck with the boat and family never would have crashed. Yes it was that one trucks fault with the boat and trailer, as far as the legal liability, etc. But..............................
Whatever happened to common sense and driving to not cause accidents? Whatever happened to looking multiple ways before entering or turning into or from an intersection, etc.? Lord, when I received my CDL drivers license, when I took the road test at every single intersection or turn, a CDL driver is legally obligated to look 3 times, 3 separate times! I grant you I do not always do that, but I do at least twice, no matter what time of day or night and no matter how light or heavy the traffic is. I do!
I have observed countless drivers pulling away from red lights and stop signs without ever turning their heads to the side. They must do it with peripheral vision? The largest contributing factor of crashes is at a red light or a turn where one vehicle strikes the other. I watched yesterday, a lady at a red light watching her phone. Very clear and when that light turned green, she accelerated, never ever looked to the side to see if someone stupid was running their red light or anything. All she knew was that her light turned green and it was time to go forward. WOW, really guys!