In official jargon, the State Highway Patrol calls them crashes. When I was a journalist, that’s what I called them, too.
I want to spit every time I see fellow journalists use the term “accident.”
They’re not accidents. Crashes are generally the result of excessive speed, aggressive driving, impaired driving or driver inattention. In other words, a conscious disregard for the safety of other human beings.
A bit of advice for fellow journalists. Avoid using the term “accident.” Call it what it really is — an inevitable.