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I read an interesting article posted by one of my former law school associates (shout out Goodnewt!) concerning the terminology surrounding motor vehicle collisions that I had to share.  You can find that article here

Though the context of the article isn't necessarily directed are the personal injury arena, the point of the piece is that calling motor vehicle collisions "accidents" is a misnomer that can be damaging in the urban planning (AND personal injury) context. Its a tacit victory for the offender to call all motor vehicle collisions "accidents." The term presumes that the person committing the act had no control over what happened; it implies that nothing could be done about the situation. 


I'm an offender myself. "Accident" is shorthand, common parlance to explain the typical car crash situation. The article argues for the word "crash" to be used instead, which is probably a more accurate term anyway. After reading this article, though, I know I'll be more conscious of my terminology going forward.

10/06/2015 addition: Wired magazine recently published an article on the same subject, Stop Calling My Daughter's Death a Car Accident

 


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10/27/2015 11:06am

When used in the context of a collision, they mean the same thing.
However, Accident means that something happened that was not planned for, was done without thinking, or stumbled into. Knocking a glass off a table spilling the Coca-cola you were just drinking would probably be an accident, since most people don't try to dump their drinks on the floor on purpose.
Crash, however, means a collision with a lot of breakage and damage. The fact that it was not planned for makes it an accident.

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12/03/2015 1:14am

Mishap is shorthand, basic speech to clarify the commonplace fender bender circumstance. The article contends for the word collide with be utilized rather, which is presumably a more exact term in any case.

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I think in both of the circumstances you can face a horrible death. So, both of these are dangerous.

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