From the Truck Safety Coalition… AP Releasing New Style Guide Urging Journalist to Use the Words “Crash, Collision,” instead of “Accident”

In 2015, 4,067 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States

From the Truck Safety Coalition… AP Releasing New Style Guide Urging Journalist to Use the Words “Crash, Collision,” instead of “Accident”

A new version of the AP Stylebook will be available on June 1, 2016. One of the notable changes this year is the guidance the book offers on when to call a collision an “accident.” According to two tweets from AP Stylebook, “when negligence is claimed or proven, [journalists should] avoid accident, which can be read as exonerating the person,” and “instead, use crash, collision or other terms.” TSC welcomes this effort to change the conversation about crashes, but we are disappointed that “accident” still remains the default word. We will continue supporting efforts to Drop the ‘A’ Word and push for “crash or collision” to be the default word used by journalists.

Link to Article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/04/04/associated-press-cautions-journalists-that-crashes-arent-always-accidents/

The Truck Safety Coalition Team