Weekend wrecks kill three drivers

Posted: January 27, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.

Three people died from injuries suffered in separate accidents on Arkansas roads Friday and Saturday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

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This reporter cannot be certain these wrecks are "accidents"? Journalists should not assume any facts.

A traffic "accident" results only when a driver fails to take every possible action to prevent a collision. In these cases human error most likely was the cause.

Why is this important? Because by labeling every traffic death as the result of an "accident" the press is relegating these tragedies as no big deal. The deaths are a very big deal to the loved ones of the victims. Traffic collision cause untold pain, suffering, sadness, and economic loss. Victims don't merely die but their lives are torn from them in public places like road side ditches often amid gawking spectators.

Most veteran police officers and highway troopers don't use the word "accident" but instead refer to these incidents as crashes or collisions.

Posted by: Riverok

January 27, 2013 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )