Next time you are out on the road or hear someone say “car accident” just remember that you can prevent a crash by being a responsible driver and you can make people aware of the difference between an accident and a crash.
How often do we see, say or hear the phrase “car accident”? Its use is widespread. But “accident” denotes fault-free conduct which does not happen in car crashes. They occur because someone
broke a rule of the road.
The right way to look at a “car accident” is to see it as a “car crash”. The phrase “car crash” is better suited because it implies that it was caused by human error. A driver who texts while driving, speeds, runs red lights, does not pay attention, or drives drunk can cause preventable car crashes – not accidents.
The New York City nonprofit Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets has been advocating to change the phrase from accident to crash. They hope to change the culture of traffic violence. Although saying “car crash” won’t prevent more crashes, it can potentially change the mindset of drivers. Drivers need to realize that they have the power to prevent a crash by being alert while on the road.