It’s a car crash, not an auto accident

No one ever talks about plane accidents.  Instead, the common phrase is “plane crash”.   Then why do we use the phrase “auto accident” and not “car crash”?  The phrase “auto accident” implies that the damage and resulting injuries were unavoidable.  In the early part of the 20th Century, this may have been true.  There were no rules of the road and vehicles were operated in a helter skelter fashion.   But, nowadays, everyone who legally operates a vehicle has taken a driver’s education course and is aware of, and is required to abide by, the rules of the road.  It is only where a rule is broken that damage and injuries occur.   It’s a car crash, not an auto accident.

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