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Are car accidents really just acts of violence against others?

In almost every incident involving an auto collision, a driver did not get behind the wheel with the intention of causing harm to someone else. Even without the intent of causing a crash, car accidents are often the result of the negligent or reckless choices that a California driver makes while operating a vehicle. For this reason, there are some who believe that it is important to change the way people talk about car accidents.

Safety advocates believe that it is useful to use the term violence when talking about crashes, especially those involving a pedestrian or cyclist. By using the term traffic violence, it can change the way a person perceives what happened and what he or she believes is the proper response. While changing vocabulary may not seem like a big deal, there is evidence that it can actually influence how people think about the problem.

Traffic violence is often the result of negligence, such as texting and driving or getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Even without the intent of leaving someone else injured, it is still important for all drivers to think carefully about the potential consequences of their actions. A driver may be liable for the consequences of their actions, even if what happened was a genuine accident.

Car accidents can leave California victims with financial loss, damage to their personal property and painful injuries. The civil justice system allows for individuals to seek appropriate recompense for these things. This cannot reverse what happened, but a personal injury claim may help a person begin to put the pieces back together.

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