What’s in a word? When it comes to car “accidents,” plenty. This post isn’t exactly timely but it is interesting and still relevant. The Washington Post had an interesting blog post, When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters.
The Post looked at the campaign by the New York based Families for Safe Streets who are campaigning to stop using the word accident and replace it with thee word crash in automobile involved incidents.
Their reasoning is that word accident implies unintentional. An accident is when you drop a diner plate and it breaks. It connotes the idea that no one is at fault. The word “accident,” according to the group infers that no one bears responsibility.