Appropriateness Of The Phrase “Car Accident”

Many people use the terms “car accident” and “car crash” interchangeably.

However, some people believe that there is a difference between the two terms, and that “car crash” is, in many instances, a far more accurate – and more appropriate – description than is “car accident.”

The Huffington Post article of May 20, 2016, titled “We’ve Been Brainwashed Into Saying ‘Car Accident’” further discusses the issue.

An excerpt:

“An ‘accident’ seems equivalent to spilling milk, or an act of God,” says Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives. “That’s not what a car crash is. There’s always a human choice behind any crash.”

The article also mentions that the three leading causes of car accidents are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving

The article states “All three are clearly deliberate actions.”

The article also discusses a campaign and other advocacy efforts by two New York City nonprofits, “Transportation Alternatives” and “Families for Safe Streets,” for the greater use of the term “crash” as opposed to accident.

Additional details concerning this issue can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above as well as the two nonprofits mentioned.

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