How many times have you heard it on the news or read it in the newspaper? A driver drifted to the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, rolling the car multiple times and killing one or several occupants. Or a deer or other animal appeared in the road and the driver swerved to miss the animal, flipping the car off the road, end-over-end, causing several deaths. Have you ever questioned why this has become such a common occurrence? Do you realize that it wasn’t a common occurrence in the past? Are you ready to believe that the design of the modern automobile is the reason for this?

When one person causes the death of another person without actually intending to kill the person it is called manslaughter and the person causing the death is usually taken into court and penalized in some way for causing the death. In recent years, automobile manufacturers have unintentionally caused the death of hundreds of people but not one manufacturer has been charged with any crime or paid any penalty.

The question on your mind now is, “What is this guy talking about? How are cars causing the death of hundreds of people?”

It all started when automobile manufacturers decided that the family car should handle like a race car. That is when they began making the steering so fast that a half turn of the steering wheel will make the turn at an intersection in town. That is okay and even desirable in the city at speeds of thirty miles and hour or less but out on the highway at speeds of sixty or more it can be deadly. In a moment of excitement, when a driver jerks the wheel to correct a mistake, that half turn can instantly send the car careening across the road into opposing traffic or over an embankment to flip and roll. We read about it in the newspaper nearly every day. A few moments of inattention causes a car to drift to the shoulder of the road and the driver, when noticing, becomes excited and jerks the wheel. Two people are dead and another is hospitalized! A convenient feature at twenty miles an hour but a formula for death and disaster at highway speeds.

Wouldn’t it be better to have the inconvenience of having to turn the steering wheel a full turn to make a corner in town than to have people dying on the highway?

When someone accidentally discharges a firearm and kills another person the incident gets broad media coverage and there are renewed demands to ban firearms but multiple deaths from a rollover caused by unnecessarily quick steering gets a brief mention and a shrug.

Where is the indignation and the outrage for this continuing slaughter? Why is manslaughter by automobile design any less detestable than any other accidental killing? It is time for us to become indignant over this inexcusable killing and it is time for us to be making our indignation known. A simple change is all that is needed to put an end to ninety percent of these deaths so let’s get it done. Let’s start talking about it! Let’s start writing about it! Let’s start showing our indignation and demand that something be done about it. Nobody else is even mentioning it so it is up to us, the people on the street and the people in country, speak up and make some noise. As you are reading this, how about making the decision to add your voice to mine and making noise until the car makers hear us and begin to listen?

About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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  1. bldodson says:

    Your Mr. Marty book came today.
    Wow! You started writing at 79!
    Now that does give me a lift.


  2. Wow, interesting post! I never thought about it, but it makes sense. Of course, it seems that the car-buying public in general wants to go faster and steer more easily, so it’s an uphill battle. I speak as a pedestrian who is constantly dodging drivers who get a thrill out of giving me a good scare.


    • authorjim says:

      Hi Nadine, thanks for visiting my humble blog. Your description of dodging wild drivers brought a picture to my mind that gave me a few chuckles. Maybe someday your travels will bring you to my little town where drivers stop for pedestrians even if they are crossing in the middle of the block. Even though I have had the experience many times it still surjprises me.


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