Whenever someone crashes with another motorist, the first thing that pops
into your mind is probably that a “car accident” has occurred. You wouldn’t be alone either, since the news
will flash the words on your screen whenever it has to report on a traffic
collision. But if this is your go-to thought process, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like you to start seeing things
in a different way.
According to the NHTSA, the term “car accident” is terribly
misleading. An accident is something that is unpreventable, an “act
of God” so to speak, that causes an unpredicted result; there are even
good accidents of serendipity where the end result is beneficial, despite the
event being unexpected and out of control. A car crash is certainly never
a positive experience, and they
are preventable in most circumstances.
The root of the majority of car crashes is human negligence and recklessness.
Whether a driver is texting behind the wheel or intoxicated, or a worker
at the manufacturing plant lets safety standards slide, the source is
the willful decision of someone somewhere,
not the randomness of the universe. The NHTSA wants us all to shift our thinking
away from “car accident” and towards “car crash”
to hopefully make more people aware that they are, in fact, in control
of their vehicle and responsible for the consequences of their actions.
This campaign against verbiage has begun in light of roadway fatalities
rising at a rate faster than the NHTSA has recorded in half a century.
More and more drivers are getting their hands on smartphones and using
them all the time, even when they should be paying full attention to the
road. If their distraction causes them to collide with another driver
or pedestrian, does it really make sense to call it an accident?
If you have been hurt in a traffic collision, you can call
845.340.HURT (4878) to talk to our Kingston car crash attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti &
O’Connor, P.C. We would be happy to assess your case and your potential
compensations during a
free case evaluation.