The number of fatalities on our roads is at a level unseen in 50 years of driving. Here at GWC Law, we can help you if you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in this article. Many of these deaths have occurred as a result of collisions and crashes. You may have noticed that we have not used the term accident, and that is no mistake. A growing body of safety advocates across the political spectrum are campaigning to stop using the word accident. Why is this change happening and is there any merit to it?

Why Say Collision or Crash?

Dr. Mark Rosekind the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said recently, when using the word accident, it’s almost like saying that “God made it happen.” He later went on to say that in our modern society, our use of language is often “everything.” Dr. Rosekind is not alone in this thinking, with a little effort, it is easy to find many other federal official, state leaders and grassroots pressure groups that feel the same way. Their goal is to change a 100 year old mentality that they believe trivializes human error, which is the most common cause of traffic incidents.

The Case for Human Error

Virtually all car crashes occur as a result of human error, which could be a simple lack of judgment or risky activity, such as drinking and driving, driving while distracted and falling asleep at the wheel. Approximately 6% of incidents are caused by weather, vehicle malfunctions and other factors. A study from 2015 carried out by the National Safety Council shows that fatal car crashes rose by almost 8% last year killing around 38,000 more people.

What is in a Word?

Those seeking to remove the word accident from the driving lexicon when describing collisions and crashes believe that it inspires apathy towards the issue. They insist that changing the words used may alter the perceptions of drivers and policy makers. They believe that the word accident assumes that the collision was unavoidable, and no person can be faulted. At this point we cannot know if this new terminology will catch on, it may be perceived as simple semantics or political correctness, but on closer examination perhaps there is some merit to the argument.

If you need some legal advice regarding a traffic incident, contact us at GWC Law. We have a vast amount of experience in this area, and we can offer you the right advice.

000-017   000-080   000-089   000-104   000-105   000-106   070-461   100-101   100-105  , 100-105  , 101   101-400   102-400   1V0-601   1Y0-201   1Z0-051   1Z0-060   1Z0-061   1Z0-144   1z0-434   1Z0-803   1Z0-804   1z0-808   200-101   200-120   200-125  , 200-125  , 200-310   200-355   210-060   210-065   210-260   220-801   220-802   220-901   220-902   2V0-620   2V0-621   2V0-621D   300-070   300-075   300-101   300-115   300-135   3002   300-206   300-208   300-209   300-320   350-001   350-018   350-029   350-030   350-050   350-060   350-080   352-001   400-051   400-101   400-201   500-260   640-692   640-911   640-916   642-732   642-999   700-501   70-177   70-178   70-243   70-246   70-270   70-346   70-347   70-410   70-411   70-412   70-413   70-417   70-461   70-462   70-463   70-480   70-483   70-486   70-487   70-488   70-532   70-533   70-534   70-980   74-678   810-403   9A0-385   9L0-012   9L0-066   ADM-201   AWS-SYSOPS   C_TFIN52_66   c2010-652   c2010-657   CAP   CAS-002   CCA-500   CISM   CISSP   CRISC   EX200   EX300   HP0-S42   ICBB   ICGB   ITILFND   JK0-022   JN0-102   JN0-360   LX0-103   LX0-104   M70-101   MB2-704   MB2-707   MB5-705   MB6-703   N10-006   NS0-157   NSE4   OG0-091   OG0-093   PEGACPBA71V1   PMP   PR000041   SSCP   SY0-401   VCP550