Accidents or crashes?

10.37 | 26 June 2009 | | 1 comment

Bridget Wall, founder of Families Against Road Violence, is campaigning to urge road safety professionals not to use the word ‘accident’ when referring to road traffic crashes.

Ms Wall says: “Road traffic crashes must not be referred to as ‘accidents’. The correct use of terminology is absolutely vital in influencing attitudes towards crashes and the carnage and devastation caused.

”I ask the DfT to please stop using the terminology ‘accident’ and to remove all material with the term ‘accident’ and replace it with collision, crash or incident.”


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    Yet again we concentrate on the language not the problem. This is the sort of language control that ended up with the ludicrous use by the police and DfT of “collision”. All this does is exclude non-professionals from engaging in the debate. People who drive badly don’t think ANYTHING will happen, be it an accident, a crash or a collision. let’s get on with dealing with the driving, not the words

    Ian Drummond, Leicestershire CC
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