Is there a difference between a car crash and an auto accident? The short answer is, no. However, during my studies in Traffic Accident Reconstruction school, I learned that there is a a perception difference. You see, when you say the word “accident,” there is an idea that fault is removed. In other words, if you are involved in an accident, it is implied that it was something that couldn’t be helped, or that it was out of anyone’s control. The truth is, however, that 93% of car crashes (or auto accidents) are due to human error. Therefore, the idea is that most car accidents are actually “car crashes” and someone is at fault.

The human error or “fault” is typically a problem of driving strategy or tactics. Driving strategy refers to your plan when driving. Examples of this are direction, side of road, speed, following distance, etc. Driving tactics refers to how you respond to threat.

Most often, poor strategy is the likely cause. For instances, driving on the wrong side of the road, not paying attention to traffic signals, speeding, frequent lane changes, etc. All of which are no problem as long as there is nobody else on the road, but in heavy traffic, there is a good chance that a crash will occur.

So, auto accident vs. car crash? It is simply best to use good strategy when driving so that you are not at fault in the event you are involved in a crash.

If you are involved in an auto accident or car crash, I hope you’ll come in soon for an examination for any injuries you may sustain. At Dixie Chiropractic, our auto accident injury methods are very gentle and effective. We want to carefully help you heal and get back to normal function again.