By: psr, 2007-08-24
Spanish media pays special attention constantly to so called road “accidents”. Talk shows and debates on radio and TV discuss the causes for the high number of fatalities on Spanish roads, while Road Traffic Authorities (the Spanish DGT) puts out information campaigns aimed at reducing the number of such “accidents”.
It is frustrating to see how most people on debates and drivers associations blame authorities for the problem, arguing poor signalling, bad roads or other excuses.
The real problem is calling things by the wrong name: what they call “accidents” are no accidents. An accident is something that occurs by chance.
Car crashes rarely happen by chance: they are merely the responsibility of the people driving them. The overwhelming majority of drivers are responsible, but …