I caught this little story while on vacation. Now I won't usually 'work' while on vacation, but this is something that I couldn't resist talking about.
The downtown highway was snarled with two accidents around 3 a.m. after the first vehicle rolled over into outer ditch.
Police believe that a taxi travelling eastbound may have been rubber-necking when it crashed into the guardrails shortly afterwards.
Only minor injuries were reported from both crashes."
I've seen this many times while investigating collisions. As someone standing on the side of the road you can see it coming. This is a collision of pure ignorance. Ignorance for other drivers, for yourself and for the emergency workers that have to respond to your collision, because what you were driving past was more important than where you were driving.
You can exchange ignorance with whatever word you would choose, but it fits. You are driving in a state of ignorance, "lack of knowledge, education or awareness" (Meriam Webster OnLine Dictionary).