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Rethinking “accidents”

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Cycling, Health, Transportation

Transportation Alternatives has a very interesting piece on their site proposing that we reexamining our use of the word “accident” in the context of fatalities and injuries caused by car drivers.

“If a man intentionally ran over five people, how could that possibly be considered an accident? If, instead of car keys, the man had picked up a gun and shot five people, would the press and police have called that an “accident” too? No. They’d have called it “attempted homicide.” Yet, for some reason when the weapon is a car, when the violence on our streets is done with a motor vehicle, it’s always just an “accident.””

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