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

Monica Zech
Jennifer Foxley
Collin Foxley
Brittany Bailey
Jana Schwartz
Julie Wartell
Kimberly Smith
Madison Roberts
Leslie Stepanek
Bruce Appleyard
Stuart Turner
Oscar Medina
Ryan Ford
Chelsi Sparti
Lynne Shapiro
Tyler Wallace
Parent Colin
Angelica Rocha
Bob Prath
Maya Rosas
63 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Monica Zech
    signed 2020-08-14 21:59:19 -0700
  • Jennifer Foxley
    signed via 2020-08-14 18:08:34 -0700
  • Collin Foxley
    signed 2020-08-14 16:36:40 -0700
  • Brittany Bailey
    signed 2020-08-14 12:36:49 -0700
  • Jana Schwartz
    signed 2020-08-14 07:40:10 -0700
  • Julie Wartell
    signed 2020-08-13 14:39:30 -0700
  • Kimberly Smith
    signed 2020-08-10 06:51:05 -0700
  • Madison Roberts
    signed 2020-08-07 09:58:56 -0700
  • Leslie Stepanek
    signed 2020-08-06 18:49:11 -0700
  • Bruce Appleyard
    signed 2020-08-06 16:53:39 -0700
  • Stuart Turner
    signed 2020-08-06 15:16:01 -0700
  • Oscar Medina
    signed 2020-08-06 14:47:40 -0700
  • Ryan Ford
    signed 2020-08-06 09:35:05 -0700
  • Chelsi Sparti
    signed 2020-08-06 09:33:31 -0700
  • Lynne Shapiro
    signed 2020-08-06 08:45:10 -0700
  • Tyler Wallace
    signed 2020-08-05 21:42:24 -0700
  • Parent Colin
    signed 2020-08-05 15:59:32 -0700
  • Angelica Rocha
    signed 2020-08-05 15:50:06 -0700
  • Bob Prath
    signed 2020-08-03 22:07:24 -0700
  • Maya Rosas
    signed 2020-07-27 13:59:41 -0700

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