I’ve been meaning to link to this for a while: there’s a growing campaign to replace the phrase “car accident” with “car crash”:
Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have
accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and
Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets
and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the
word “accident” today.
I’m a firm believer that language matters, and I think it’s true that calling them accidents helps paint car crashes as things that can’t be avoided. Crashes sounds like a problem that needs to be solved.