What is an Accident?

A KnowTheFundamentals Article

What really happens when two people collide?  Was it truly unavoidable as in a ‘pure accident’, or was one party, perhaps both parties acting in a negligent manner?

Accidents typically happen when someone is doing something they shouldn’t do.  Perhaps it is both parties that are each doing something that they shouldn’t do.  But fundamentally when accidents occur it is because a series of circumstances have built up to a point where a collision is unavoidable.

If you’re negligent, it means that ‘you should of known better.’  But most often the ‘know better’ really translates into ‘I was too lazy to worry about doing the right thing.’  Too lazy, and ‘to worry about it’ is really the main point.  The person doing the wrong thing typically knows they are taking a chance, but goes ahead and takes that chance anyway.  The real kicker here is that they decided that they shouldn’t worry about it.  Think about that.  If something takes too much effort or time, and you decide to take a chance, your mind is confronted with the possibility of danger, but in an odd twist your mind allows you to not worry about that danger.

As I and other start to post examples of people acting reckless with their children, themselves and consequently others, I believe that most will understand exactly what I mean with the above.  Certainly as children are taught bad behavior by their parents, when they grow up they will be less likely to even consider the actual danger they’re putting themselves in. This also increases their probability of being in a serious accident.

Remember, when you ‘take a short cut’ in order to save you the effort of doing something correctly, you could cause someone to swerve to avoid you and inadvertently put someone who’s innocent at risk. It’s not just about you and whether you ‘made it through a situation safely.’ It’s about all of us and the influence of behavior you have on others.

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Welcome to Know The Fundamentals blog. Our mission is to find avenues for adults to teach children the fundamentals of safety, so they may have a lifetime free of tragic events. By instilling safe attitudes at a younger age, when they begin to drive, have families, or just live, they can pass on their knowledge through their example.

As an adult city dweller, you know that you have to keep alert to navigate the city safely. With years of experience on how to judge distance and speed, you're probably very good at it. Now imagine a child, who has little to no experience walking around our busy streets. Sounds dangerous, doesn't it? Take the time to teach them well, and if you're not a parent and don't have children, set a good example to those you see. Your example will probably save someone's life, at some point in their life.

Sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, bicycles, vehicles, seniors, adults, parents and children, all interacting in real time. But children do not know the rules, so take the time to teach them well, and in the process enhance the quality of your relationship by engaging them through open communication about all sorts of topics. Know, and teach, the fundamentals. The challenge is yours, and that of a healthy community.

Teach your children the basics of safety and life, to give them the foundation for a positive, healthy and safe future. You love them, right? They deserve it, correct?

By teaching your child the basics of safety, you'll find that they will interact with others in a more considerate way. This will in turn help them become successful adults. With children lies the opportunity to help them with their foundation of knowledge. If you wait too long, the consequences may be too much to bear.
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