Recent Streetsblog USA posts about “Accidents”

Associated Press Cautions Journalists That Crashes Aren’t Always “Accidents”

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When negligence is claimed or proven, avoid accident, which can be read as exonerating the person responsible. #ACES2016 — AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016 The Associated Press has tweaked its guidance for journalists about when to call traffic collisions “accidents.” Street safety advocates, spearheaded by New York City’s Transportation Alternatives, have been pushing police and media organizations to drop […]

The Oregonian: Run a Red Light and Kill 3 Kids? “Just a Tragic Accident”

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In February, a pickup truck driver in suburban Eugene, Oregon, ran through a red light at 40 miles an hour, killing three children — 4-year-old Tyler Hudson, 5-year-old McKenzie Hudson, and 8-year-old John Day — and critically injuring their mother. The family was walking with the right-of-way in a crosswalk, returning from getting ice cream. The response to this […]

Even When a Driver Intentionally Causes Mayhem, Media Call It an “Accident”

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The New York Police Department stopped using the term “accident” to refer to car collisions because it conveys the “connotation that there is no fault or liability.” In the press, however, “accident” remains standard practice, even when a driver rams another person on purpose. The Safe Roads Alliance, an organization that promotes safe driving, tracked down […]