They’re not called ‘accidents’ anymore?

When one motor vehicle collides with another, government officials and safety advocates don’t want us to call it an “accident” anymore, because they think the term trivializes the fact that most such collisions are caused by human error. We should call them “crashes,” the experts say, according to a New York Times article.

“Changing semantics is meant to shake people, particularly policy makers, out of the implicit nobody’s-fault attitude that the word ‘accident’ conveys,” says to the Times.

Almost all auto accidents are caused due to human error, according to the article, as only 6 percent are caused by vehicle malfunction, weather, or other factors. The full story can be found here.

Regardless of what you want to call it, when you’ve been injured in an accident (or “crash”), consult a qualified lawyer to assess whether you have a right to recover as monetary settlement or award.