Having been all over Latin America and some in the middle east, I have really seen some crazy driving. One thing i have noticed for the most part is the vehicles aren't all smashed up.
The Taxis drive like an out of control road race, yet the vehicle body doesn't show as having contact with the other "racers".
The "round-a-bouts" in the Middle East were absolute crazyness in trying to get in, circle around ,exit on the correct lane.
Managua, Nicaragua was the worse ! In fact that brings me to my thought. In a lot of these places if you have an accident you have to wait until the police show up. Latin America and the Middle East were both like that.
In Managua, that could take 6-8 hours, easily. We passed by an accident in a busy intersection at approx 8AM and it was still there at 5:30PM that day. They couldn't even move the cars until the cops show up.
We had a minor side scrape with a bus in Managua and once the driver saw we were Americans, he tried to extort $50.00 for our broken side light.
Yea, you read that correctly. We smashed a side light on our vehicle and he tried to say it was from his ( it didn't even match his bus) We sat on the curb and told him we would wait. Once he realized how much he would lose in bus fares waiting, he took our offer of $5.00 and left.
Managua was the only place I refused to drive. (OK..I did drive down a small side road to a fire station just to say I drove there.
I just think they are more careful because the consequences are more severe.