Friday, September 18, 2015

Why We Say 'Car Accident,' and Why We Need to Stop

Why do we use phrases that shift accountability away from the human beings involved, describing “out of control” vehicles that “jump curbs” and “plow into pedestrians” seemingly of their own accord?

Why do so many stories about traffic deaths omit any mention of a human behind the wheel?
Why do we so often say “the pedestrian was hit and killed by the car” rather than always saying “the driver killed the pedestrian”?