Car Crash Nomenclature

I’m not happy with the nomenclature we use when motor vehicles run into each other.

In this part of the world we like to refer to them as “accidents”. This annoys me. The overwhelming majority of them are not accidents. They are occurrences caused by one party doing something dumb.

They are collisions. They are crashes. They are NOT accidents.

I quite like the American system of calling them wrecks or fender benders. I’m not exactly sure where the demarkation between wreck and fender bender is though. I would posit that it hinges on the involvement of tow trucks. If you can drive away under your own power, fender bender.

So can we PLEASE stop calling them accidents, because they’re just not!

Every crash I’ve seen or been involved in was caused by some arsehat doing the wrong thing.

  • Too fast
  • Pissed
  • Fell Asleep
  • Pissed off / raging
  • Sick
  • Broken car / poor maintenance
  • Poor judgement
  • Ran out of ability
  • Not looking
  • Losing control

The root cause of all of these is “Fuckwit” not providence.

So next time, you didn’t have an accident, you had a crash or a collision and it was caused by someone, maybe you, fucking up!

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