Car Crash

Today I saw my first car crash.  I’m actually surprised it took this long.  I didn’t actually see it happen.  Both vehicles had front end damage and were facing the same direction but on opposite sides of the road.  One was a pickup truck with moderate damage.  The other was a sedan that looked totaled.  It’s hard to say what happened but most likely one or both of the drivers were doing something stupid, probably going too fast and trying to pass other cars.  Speed limits are rarely posted but when they are they are completely ignored with cars regularly going double or more the speed limit.

It served as a good reminder that Thais are reckless selfish drivers and I need to be extremely defensive when driving.  According to wikipedia, Thailand has the 4th most dangerous roads with a traffic related death rate of 38.1 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.  Compare to 11.6 for the United States, and around 3 to 5 for many European countries.

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