Highway Safety professionals are gravitating away from calling the collisions between two vehicles “accidents” . Instead, more and more, they are calling them “Crashes”.
I recently asked at DOT official why. He says its because rarely is the collision an “accident”. Almost always someone did something wrong. Less than 15% of crashes are the result of environmental or road conditions. 85% of the time, driver error or negligence is involved.
“Accident” may be a polite way to refer to a traumatic event, so often when we report them someone has died. But, in fact, most are really just “crashes” .