Crash Not Accident

Words matter. #CrashNotAccident is a campaign to educate San Diegans about our role preventing traffic deaths and serious injuries by acknowledging that crashes are not merely accidents but the result of human error and systemic decisions. Last year, 44 pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicle and motorcycle drivers lost their lives unnecessarily on San Diego streets.

The Associated Press Stylebook articulates why #CrashNotAccident is important for residents, reporters, and local government to adopt: the word accident “can be read as exonerating the person responsible.”

We don’t call a plane crash an accident. We don’t call drunk driving an accident. Traffic crashes are preventable, they are not accidents.

We can no longer accept death and serious injuries on San Diego streets as inevitable or simply the cost of doing business. We can and must do more to save lives so that all San Diegans can walk, bike, or drive without risking life or limb.

About Crash Not Accident Campaign

Crash Note Accident is a campaign led by Circulate San Diego, with funding from California Office of Traffic Safety.


Crash Not Accident Panel

Circulate San Diego lead a discussion about the Crash Not Accident movement nationally and the ways language shapes our perception of traffic violence on August 6th.

Watch the panel here.

Crash Not Accident Resources

As a part of Circulate San Diego's Crash Not Accident campaign, we have prepared a variety of educational resources.

They may be viewed and downloaded here.

Take the Crash Not Accident Pledge

I pledge to not call traffic crashes “accidents,” because the word “accident” makes traffic crashes sound like they are not preventable and exonerates responsibility of the person who caused the collision.

Who's signing

Joshua Clark
Debra Centrella
L Allen
Caryn Hoffman
R Brown
Martha Erickson
Jeanne Hodaian
Lynette Martin
Miriam  L. Iosupovici
Solito Barana
Gaspar Luna Oliveira
mercedes moreno
Gordon Theisz
Joseph Luke
Ken La Mar
Patricia Schwab RN
Linda Chisari
Pamela Elbers
Roger Rines
Toshi Ishihara
Gary Hurst
Maria vargas
Verlee Terwilliger
S P
Nicole Guess
Mark Elliott
Jose Cervantes
Mary McGuirk
sara ohara
Sienna Rocha
63 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Joshua Clark
    signed 2020-09-22 15:05:21 -0700
  • Debra Centrella
    signed 2020-09-06 05:30:48 -0700
  • L Allen
    signed 2020-08-29 13:44:20 -0700
  • Caryn Hoffman
    signed 2020-08-27 14:36:04 -0700
  • R Brown
    signed 2020-08-27 13:12:40 -0700
  • Martha Erickson
    signed 2020-08-27 13:10:19 -0700
  • Jeanne Hodaian
    signed 2020-08-27 09:16:12 -0700
  • Lynette Martin
    signed 2020-08-27 08:25:24 -0700
  • Miriam  L. Iosupovici
    signed 2020-08-27 00:12:16 -0700
  • Solito Barana
    signed 2020-08-26 20:14:20 -0700
  • Gaspar Luna Oliveira
    signed 2020-08-26 19:02:57 -0700
  • mercedes moreno
    signed 2020-08-26 16:25:54 -0700
  • Gordon Theisz
    signed 2020-08-26 14:53:46 -0700
  • Joseph Luke
    signed 2020-08-26 14:53:42 -0700
  • Ken La Mar
    signed 2020-08-26 14:34:28 -0700
  • Patricia Schwab RN
    signed 2020-08-26 13:59:20 -0700
  • Linda Chisari
    signed 2020-08-26 13:51:45 -0700
  • Pamela Elbers
    signed 2020-08-26 13:47:38 -0700
  • Roger Rines
    signed 2020-08-26 13:35:35 -0700
  • Toshi Ishihara
    signed 2020-08-26 13:35:31 -0700
  • Gary Hurst
    signed 2020-08-26 13:35:13 -0700
  • Maria vargas
    signed 2020-08-26 13:26:50 -0700
  • Verlee Terwilliger
    signed 2020-08-26 13:25:10 -0700
  • S P
    signed 2020-08-26 13:17:52 -0700
  • Nicole Guess
    signed 2020-08-26 11:33:19 -0700
  • Mark Elliott
    signed 2020-08-26 11:16:04 -0700
  • Jose Cervantes
    signed 2020-08-26 10:47:30 -0700
  • Mary McGuirk
    signed 2020-08-26 09:10:08 -0700
  • sara ohara
    signed 2020-08-25 18:01:03 -0700
  • Sienna Rocha
    signed 2020-08-25 15:06:08 -0700

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