What motivates the driver of a motor vehicle to risk the chance of an accident, in hopes of enjoying an exciting ride? The authorities in Ontario that were charged with promoting traffic safety sought any answer to that question. They received a clue in the statistics on risk-taking by snowmobilers and drivers of motor vehicles.
Someone with a video camera posted online a clip showing a snowmobiler doing flips, and then falling from the snowmobile’s seat onto the ground. There have been more instances when people high on alcohol or drugs take to riding snowmobiles but lose focus and balance, which leads to serious overturns and related injuries.
Risky behaviors that might be carried-out by someone driving a motor vehicle:
• Choosing to exceed the speed limit, in order to get from one location to the next is as short a stretch of time as possible.
• Following too closely the car in front of you, when driving down a highway.
• Changing lanes without signaling.
The commonalities in all of the above behaviors
In all of the situations described above, the person in control of a fast-moving vehicle chose to treat that particular object as a toy. The driver/snowmobiler sought to gain a maximum amount of pleasure from the chance to perform a risky act.
The same snowmobiler/driver neglected to give thought to the possible consequences. Hence, any accident that resulted from performance of a risky act, one carried out by the snowmobiler or the car-driver, could be attributed to negligence. If someone in control of a moving vehicle fails to think seriously about the possible consequences of a given action, then he or she becomes guilty of negligence.
That observation highlights the significance of society’s desire for maintenance of a duty of care. Someone’s readiness to ignore that duty of care can become grounds for a charge of negligence. Injury Lawyer in Lindsay knows that this fact holds true for both snowmobilers and the drivers of motor vehicles.
Used properly, a quest for adventure can aid the exploration of unchartered territory. Used properly, the desire for a thrilling experience can motivate invention of new means of transport, one that aids creation of a thrilling ride. Unfortunately, the same desire can spur the performance of a risky behavior. Moreover, that behavior might be carried-out by someone in control of a fast-moving conveyance/vehicle.
Those facts underline the commonality in the risky behaviors displayed by both some snowmobilers and some automobile drivers. When young people get warned about the dangers posed by such behaviors, fewer adults will choose to file a personal injury claim. However, it is essential that before anyone file a claim, they discuss in detail their case with a lawyer.