Car ‘Accident’ or Car ‘Crash’? Advocates Push to Change Semantics

Historically, state statutes governing roadway negligence by default use the word ‘accidents’ to describe roadway incidents. However, safety advocates are pushing legislatures to stop trivializing the word ‘accident’ by recognizing that most traffic collisions are caused by human error, and, therefore, should be referred to as ‘crashes.’ Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity. About 6 percent are caused by vehicle malfunctions, weather and other factors. Read on here.