I have written in the past about my goal as a driver, to have zero close calls, because close calls mean an eventual major wreck. And, when I started driving in Mexico I again had a lot of close calls, but slowly the close calls went away.
Here is a really good technical article about the hazards of close calls. Yes, it refers to the space shuttle, and how ignoring close calls resulted in the loss of a space shuttle. It also refers to close calls in commercial aviation, and in a chemical company.
The technical explanation of the relationship between close calls and disasters is what I think is relevant to close calls in driving.
“According to the Process Improvement Institute, a risk analysis firm, across many industries there are between 50 and 100 near misses recorded per serious accident, and about 10,000 smaller errors occur during that time.”
The key clause in that sentence is, “…Across many industries…”