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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Road Peace - Crash Not Accident

In 2011, a London based charity for crash victims, Road Peace, made a call for policy makers and media to stop using the word ‘accident’ when referring to crashes.   

They made some progress and put together some very good resources, which we at the Crash Coalition: Drop the "A" Word, often refer to as we do our work in the US. 

This PDF, "It’s a crash, not an accident Ending a language of neglect and denial", is an excellent summary of the arguments for making this important change.  

  • ‘Crash’ does not presume innocence or guilt
  • ‘Crash’ does not excuse law breaking and risk taking
  • ‘Crash’ does not contribute to the discrimination against victims
  • ‘Crash’ does not aggravate the suffering of the bereave
  • ‘Crash’ does not undermine prevention efforts 

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