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@J.D. Hammond-Doesn't the mere act of calling it an "accident" absolve both parties of any responsibility?

I ask b/c the state of NY's DMV just made a subtle but important change. They are now calling these "accidents", "crashes". Their reasoning; "A vehicle crash encompasses a wider range of potential causes than does the term accident. An accident implies something that is not preventable. A majority of crashes are caused by intoxicated, speeding, distracted, or careless drivers and, therefore, are not accidents."

So, I get your point that killing a pedestrian is rarely an intentional act..as far as you really would have preferred that didn't happen b/c you don't see yourself as a murderer, BUT, if you decided that you'd drive after a couple adult beverages, or decided to take that call on your cell while driving, those were INTENTIONAL choices to not pay full attention to the most important task at hand..piloting a multi-ton vehicle in a safe, respectful manner.

by thump on Feb 15, 2013 9:56 am • linkreport

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