In the U.S., people learn to drive in virtually any type of vehicle, and must demonstrate the ability to properly signal and basically keep the car in its lane in order to get a driver's license. Once armed with a valid driver's license, they are permitted to drive anything short of an eighteen wheeler without proof of additional proficiency, or additional training. Just because I can pass a minimum driver's test in a Ford Escort, why should this qualify me to drive a top heavy 6000 pound Chevrolet Suburban, or a 500 horsepower Mustang? If I demonstrate that I can, in no emergency whatsoever, maange to stop the same Escort for a stop sign I can see from at least a block away while driving at 35 miles per hour, how does this qualify me to make an emergency stop, or take evasive action, when the unexpected happens in front of me at 45 or 70 miles per hour?
We have done an amazing job in this country of blaming the vehicle for accidents that are in many cases totally avoidable. So when Sally goes off the road in her 5000 pound Ford Explorer, and reacts by desperately trying to jerk the car back onto the road, it is the Explorer's fault when she rolls over and kills herself and her children. Or when Billy takes Dad's new Shelby GT on the road and centerpunches a tree at 90 miles per hour, it is the Mustang's fault for having too much horsepower and taking Billy and his girlfriend out of the graduating class.
In most reasonable endeavors, these events are viewed as simply running out of talent in an otherwise controllable incident. It is not the fault of the vehicle, or that it failed to offer legitimate crash protection, but is the fault of the operator.
Automobile drivers should be trained like pilots. No pilot gets his license without dealing with the true emergencies that might arise when he flies; he must demonstrate proficiency at stall recovery, what to do when his engine fails on takeoff or landing, and what his reactions might be to threatening weather. And, should he decide that he wants to fly a larger and/or more powerful airplane, it is a requirement of law that he gain proficiency in that aircraft and demonstrate via check ride that he can deal with the greater complexity of the larger or different class of aircraft.
We kill 44,000 people per year with automobiles, and keep pointing our finger at the manufacturers, as if they can save us from our own ineptitude. Since this represents nearly 15 World Trade Centers every single year, one would think this would get our attention. We do this year after year on the insistence that everyone capable of driving in a straight line "deserves" the right to pilot an automobile.
I am not suggesting that all accidents are avoidable; many are simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and some are the result of poorly maintained vehicles. Nonetheless, poorly trained drivers are the greatest risk on the road, period.