This occurred a few years ago but I recall the experience every time I use the stretch of road concerned. Which is often.
It happened one autumn evening. It was dark and I had my lights on full beam. I was driving at 50 mph in a 60 mph limit. The road surface was dry with no frost or ice.
I was heading west towards Stow on a main road, approaching a right hand bend which can easily be taken at the speed I was travelling. About 30 yards before this bend there is a side road on the left. All of a sudden a car came out of the side road totally ignoring, or failing to notice, the give way sign at the junction and failing to notice me also. It joined the main road about 5 yards in front of me.
I had no time to make any choices. I reacted instinctively and immediately by swerving across the road and accelerating, overtaking the offending vehicle and taking the bend blind on the wrong side of the road.
I was lucky, very lucky indeed. If there had been anything coming in the opposite direction there would have been carnage. I wouldn’t have been here to post this message and others would have almost certainly perished.
I carried on, somewhat shaken, because there was no safe place to stop. Arriving in Stow I found myself in a stationary line of traffic with the offending vehicle immediately behind me. I stopped my car, got out and approached the other car.
There were two people inside, a man and a woman. The male driver wound down his window and I asked him if he realised what he had done back at the junction.
He said What’s the problem, nothing happened. The woman told me to chill out and get back in my car. I am not a nervous person but I was trembling by now. I didn’t say anything else, got back in my own car and drove off.
Later that evening I realised there was another implication to this incident. If there had been a crash, I would have been blamed for it. All that would have been evident is that I had been taking a blind bend on the wrong side of the road. I somehow doubt that the occupants of the other car, if they had survived, would have advised the police otherwise.
There are some arrogant and self-interested people in this world, and there always will be, but this attitude to a potential disaster shocked and disgusted me.
Such is life.