November 15, 2015 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. Right here in Arizona in just the last year , 884 persons were killed in Arizona traffic crashes. This includes 589 motorists, 157 pedestrians, and 28 bicyclists. Many thousands more were injured.
This year the theme is “Crash Not Accident” – an initiative focused on changing the way we think and talk about crashes. Most crashes are not “accidents”, rather they should be viewed as preventable incidents. Yet, the “A” word which connotes some level of innocence, is the ubiquitous term used in describing these incidents by media, some highway safety officials & others. Negligent, and even criminal, drivers hide behind the word, as if “lack of intent” absolves them of their actions and the hurt that they’ve caused. #CrashNotAccident