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Is it a Crash or is it an Accident?

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The word “accident” is frequently used to describe when an automobile collides into another motor vehicle or into some other object. The use of the word “accident” implies that the crash was unintended, like tripping on the sidewalk or falling off a ladder. There is now a movement afoot that is seeking to remove the word “accident” from the event’s description and replace it with the more descriptive term “crash”, in order to focus attention on the conscious choices we make before and during driving.

Two New York based nonprofit organizations, Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets are holding vigils and writing hash tags to bring attention to the fact that the word “accident” when used to describe an automobile crash is too forgiving. They think that term is “crash” should replace “accident”. Two teenagers were injured in an automobile accident would now become two teenagers were injured in an automobile crash. The group seeks to stress the fact that there is always a controllable action that the driver takes or a conscious decision the driver makes that is responsible for the crash, such as drinking and driving, speeding, and/or distracted driving, and that these decision leading to the crash were not accidental at all. The injuries and death’s that occur as a result of a car crash are avoidable. Compliance with driving laws are a driver’s responsibility from the first time he or she sits down behind the wheel.

When you stop and think, this is not just semantics or double speak … it makes perfect sense. In today’s world, no longer are the majority of automobile crashes caused by a poorly constructed road, a pot hole or a squirrel jumping out onto the road. Drinking, drugs, smart phones, speeding and general recklessness are all responsible for most of the injuries and fatalities today and these behaviors are avoidable. A driver’s decision to drink, text or speed is in no way an accident. It may be unconscious, but it is deliberate and it causes automobile crashes.

Please spread this message far and wide by sharing it on social media as often as possible. Maybe if we are made to visualize the causes and consequences of automobile “crashes” ahead of time we may think twice before partaking in the behaviors that most often cause the crash and not just chalk it up to being killed in an “accident”.

If you or a loved on has been injured or killed as a result of the negligence of another in an automobile “crash”, please call The Law Firm of Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm at 214-526-7900. Our attorneys and staff stand ready to assist you and will immediately speak directly with you to review the circumstances surrounding the “crash”. Automobile crashes are caused by negligent driver behavior. Please do not hesitate to call on us to make that negligent party pay for crashing your life and endangering your health and family.

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