The negligence that other drivers show on the road can have devastating consequences. So many accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers that it seems almost ludicrous to suggest forgiveness as a response. Believe it or not, showing forgiveness in a moment of anger can save lives and grant you inner peace.


One of the first instincts that you have as a human being is to place blame and to assume the worst in people. This is a very natural response to outside influences that annoy you or put you in danger. While you’re out driving, encountering a negligent driver can lead you to assume that the person is being negligent because they’re a bad person. In some cases, this might be true. In other cases, the negligence that a driver shows can be the result of a distraction beyond their control or rushing due to an emergency. A little understanding will go a long way in forgiving negligent drivers.

Seeking Justice

Not all negligence can be forgiven in a passive way. Some consequences of the negligence of others can result in injuries or harm done to you and the ones you love. If this unfortunate situation occurs, the best way to forgive the person is to seek justice for you and your loved ones. The first thing you should do after a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence is to speak with personal injury lawyers. They will help you figure out what steps you can take to repair your car, pay for your medical bills, and receive compensation for other damages.


Negligent drivers are encountered everywhere. To be able to forgive these negligent drivers, it is important that you realize their negligence might just be due to a lack of driving education. If you happen to get into a face-to-face confrontation or discussion with a negligent driver, try educating them instead of belittling them.


Encountering the negligent driving of others can put your nerves on end and take you to the limit of your patience. This can lead to bouts of road rage. It is unhealthy to allow yourself to become enraged. Use a little more patience with negligent drivers to avoid doing something regrettable and illegal.

Forgiveness in the face of frustration and offense is the greatest path to peace. To forgive a negligent driver doesn’t mean that you have to forget what they did. It just means that you won’t let it ruin your day.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;