Should We Rename Drunk Driving Accidents?

A movement is underway to change the term drunk driving accidents to drunk driving crashes. Advocates claim the change in terminology holds drunk drivers responsible for their actions when they take lives or injure other motorists. In addition, advocates claim these collisions are not really “accidents.”

After all, the word accident implies a specific outcome is unintentional and impossible to anticipate. For example, “accidently” dropping your phone is an outcome many people cannot anticipate. Accidently leaving the front door unlocked, or forgetting your wallet at home are other examples we have all experienced.

Drunk driving on the other hand is an intentional decision. Everyone knows the risks associated with drunk driving to themselves and others. They may even have other options for transportation, yet still make the conscious choice to drink and drive. Is it fair to the victims to claim nothing could have been done to prevent their injuries or deaths? Is it fair to the families of victims?

These are the main points behind the argument for changing the word. Public officials in New York City, Nevada and San Francisco already use this new terminology when describing transportation policies.

Are Drunk Driving Crashes Increasing?

This is a relevant topic because National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show 2015 and 2016 may be among the worst years for drunk driving deaths in recent memory. According to these statistics, more than 20,260 people died in 2015 from drunk driving crashes. In fact, this is an increase of more than 300 from 2014. Officials with NHTSA believe 2016 may be worse than 2015.

It is unacceptable that these crashes continue to happen, especially because it is well-known drinking and driving is dangerous. There are also ridesharing services available, like Uber and Lyft.

Do you think it is time to make a change in terminology? Let us know what you think by connecting with the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Keefe Law Firm on Facebook.

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