There is little doubt that some road users are more complacent than others. The real question is who the most complacent are.
Familiarity is one of the main causes of complacency and subsequent motoring accidents. Drivers using the same road for their daily commute to and from work, for instance, can all too easily forget that while the road may be the same, road users and circumstances can vary significantly.
There may, for example, be a stationary vehicle just around that familiar bend or a child or animal may unexpectedly run out into. Becoming complacent and going into ‘auto-pilot’ mode on such familiar drives is sadly often the reason for accidents on the road.
According to the book Car Crime by Claire Corbett, company drivers also tend to be more complacent on the road than other drivers. It appears that vehicle accidents involving company drivers often result partially from complacency on the drivers’ parts including factors such as familiarity with routes, lack of care for vehicles that are not their own, fatigue caused by hectic schedules and/or long journeys, and partially on complacency on employers’ parts due to failure to maintain vehicles properly, lack of safety equipment, and inadequate training for commercial drivers.
Experienced drivers who have driven for years without being involved in car crashes often adopt the attitude ‘I am a safe driver, nothing can happen to me’. This is a sadly misguided thought that fails to take the actions of other road users or changes in road or weather conditions into consideration.
Complacency vs alertness
Complacency on the road can kill. Driving with due care and attention at all times is a must if potentially serious traffic accidents are to be avoided. Someone once said that in order to stay safe on the road, you should assume that every other road user drives recklessly.
While this may sound extreme, there is definitely some truth in it. Expecting others to make mistakes will go a long way towards avoiding vehicle collisions, motorcycling or cycling accidents.
Victims of complacency
Those injured by traffic related accidents caused by complacent drivers could be entitled to driver or passenger injury compensation. If you were hurt in a road traffic accident caused by another driver’s lack of care and attention, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice and legal assistance with your car accident claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice