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kaitlan
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Posted: Jun/01/2016 at 4:37pm – author:sweissman
BScopatz’s argument took most of the words right out of my mouth. But in addition to the gradual shift in terminology seen across the nation, and certainly, here in USDOT, the other argument is best stated by our injury surveillance friends:

 
“We assert that motor vehicle crash should replace motor vehicle accident in the clinical and research lexicon of traumatologists. Crash encompasses a wider range of potential causes for vehicular crashes than does the term accident. A majority of fatal crashes are caused by intoxicated, speeding, distracted, or careless drivers and, therefore, are not accidents.”
 
Lastly, both FARS and MMUCC have/will switch to the term crash, so it is incumbent upon D16 to be consistent.
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