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Drop The "A" Word - Not all crashes are accidents

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Why There's No Such Thing as a Car "Accident"

It's time to scrub the word accident from our reporting when it comes to car crashes and collisions

By Lorraine Sommerfeld

Originally published: March 18, 2015


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When it comes to describing the behaviour of the drivers on our roads, we have a language problem. When you are speeding and hit something, you didn’t have an accident, you caused a collision. When you blow off a stop sign and T-bone someone else, you didn’t have an accident, you caused a crash. When you get behind the wheel drunk and drive into a tree, you did not have an accident; you got drunk and drove into a tree.
A lot of people believe that lack of intent means more than it does. Think about it: if I intended to jump the curb and kill you and your dog while I was sending a text, that would make me a sociopath, but the fact I didn’t mean to do it does not make it an accident.
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