COPY POINT : Accidents or Crashes?

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” .

View the entire “COPY POINT” series here.

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