What is an accident?


Every day we hear about countless accidents in the news, on social media and from friends and acquaintances, but have you ever stopped to consider what the term really means? What is an accident?

What is an accident?

According to The Collins English Dictionary, the word accident originated centuries ago, stemming from the Latin word accidere meaning ‘to befall’ or happen. An accident can be defined as something that was not foreseen or planned, so the definition therefore carries with it the assertion that there is a lack of intention involved. It is a sudden, unexpected occurrence. However, a definition of what is an accident also needs to imply a generally negative conclusion which could have been avoided if someone had had the foresight to recognise that an accident or mishap could occur and do something about it, before it actually happened. For example, in 1927 the famous and beautiful dancer Isadora Duncan, died of a broken neck when her long scarf caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger. Now you would think someone could have foreseen that and told her to secure the scarf tightly!

So what is an accident? It is an unfortunate and sudden event that could have been prevented. Injuries can and do occur as a result of accidents, as does property damage or damage to other personal belongings and effects.

If you are asking yourself what is an accident because you have sustained personal injury and you are not sure whether you can claim for compensation, then now may be a good time to contact Accident Advice Helpline as we have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in any claim for compensation you may want to make as a result of injuries sustained by you.

What next?

If you have had an accident you may be wondering what you should do next. If you had the accident in the past three years and it was not your fault and you suffered an injury, why not consider Accident Advice Helpline to provide you with advice about compensation. We have fifteen years experience and our well know patron, Esther Rantzen, recommends us for advice. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority so we are completely above board.


If you are not sure what is an accident, we at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you. No win no fee*! You can try our UNIQUE 30 second test here online and then call us. We’re here to take your call 24 hours a day. We work really hard to give you excellent service and our advisors are professional, friendly and well trained.

We would love to speak to you so call us now FREE on 0800 180 4123.

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