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Surrey crash survivor works to change language of the road

August 7, 2014
The Now
Author: 
Tom Zytaruk

Doctorate in Social Sciences alumna Varinder Badh speaks to The Now about her thesis research that explores the impact of language used around vehicle crashes - incidents she will never call accidents. Her thesis is entitled: "It is No Accident that this is Called an Accident -Vehicular Negligence: A Socio-legal Study of Crime, Law, and Public Safety" reveals that many people view injury and or fatality from road crashes "as the result of chance or fate, as an act of God, or just bad luck."

"Changing language will start to change perception and perhaps society's tolerance towards these types of criminal acts, which will be seen in driving behaviours and consequences for these negligent acts," she says.