I saw an auto accident in my rear-view mirror today. I don't think anybody was a special snowflake in the extreme, but a combination of partial special snowflakiness must have added up to one whole snowflake. Which is an interesting concept--if one person shows a small amount of special snowflake behavior, it might not cause problems. But if several people do it, it may sometimes have an additive effect.
It was one of those construction zones where everybody has to merge into the right lane. Car #1 might be the one considered at fault legally? He was in the left lane and decided, rather than getting right, to zoom down the now-empty left lane to get ahead of everybody else. His speed compared to everybody else's (everybody else was almost at a standstill, he was probably doing 40) was a contributing factor.
Car #2 was in the stopped traffic in the right lane, and noticed Car #3 in the parking lot to the right wishing to cross the stopped traffic to make a left turn. So Car #2 left a space in front so that Car #3 could pass in front, cross the (empty) left lane and make a left turn (there was an opening in the median there and it's usually legal to make a left turn at that spot).
Car #3 saw the opening, pulled through in front of Car #2, and started to cross (empty) left lane when suddenly the left lane was no longer empty, because Car #1 was speeding along. The line of cars from Car #2 back blocked Car #3's view, so Car #3 was attempting to drive blindly into the left lane on the assumption that everybody had gotten over.
Smash! Cars #1 and #3 looked fairly smooshed. Car #2 is going to be sitting there for a long time, as there wasn't room to pass the smooshed cars. Same fate for all cars behind #2.
Car #3 probably also had some fault for attempting to make that left turn when the heavy stopped traffic made it impossible to see clearly all the way across the road. I'm not sure, but it's possible #2 will also have some fault if they indicated for #3 to cross, but probably not if they didn't, as it's *possible* that the space wasn't a deliberate attempt to leave room for Car #3 but just space between them and the next car (or that they could argue that's all it was).