If you or a loved one were seriously injured because of the carelessness of another driver, you may have a hard time believing that what happened was an accident. The word accident, by definition, implies that an action was unintentional and no one is to blame. However, when a drunk driver runs a red light and slams into your car—that is no accident.
A New Movement to Call it What it Is
A transportation safety advocacy group in New York City called Transportation Alternatives launched a campaign late last summer to encourage people to stop using the word ‘accident’ to describe car crashes. The group believes that the use of the word can act as a loophole to let those responsible off the hook for dangerous or negligent behavior. If we use the term ‘crash,’ the group argues, then the assumption is that someone is at fault and something is more likely to be done about it. This does not necessarily mean that a driver is at fault—perhaps an automaker produced a faulty device or a city failed to properly design a safe intersection—whatever the case, if you call it an accident, there may be an unjustified assumption of innocence.
In an effort to raise awareness about the issues surrounding this language, the group is asking people to sign a pledge to stop using the word ‘accident’ to describe car crashes. When a plane nosedives into the ocean, they point out, we don’t call it a “plane accident,” we call it a crash and an investigation ensues. They believe that if we use the same language with car crashes, we may take the first step towards safer cars and safer roads.
Whatever You Call it, We’re Here to Help
As Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we obviously have no problem with the word ‘accident,’ but we do believe that if someone’s careless or negligent actions led to your injuries in a car crash, that person should be held responsible. Contact us now to find out if we can help you.