Fatalities caused by drivers in traffic collisions, crashes, and other incidents have risen to a rate not seen in fifty years. Estimates from the National Safety Council reveal deadly crashes rose by nearly eight percent in 2015, claiming the lives of roughly 38,000 people. However, many groups, which include federal officials and state and local leaders, do not want these incidents referred to as "accidents" anymore. These groups feel the word trivializes the most common cause of traffic collisions: human error.
Estelle Jordan, the mother of Amos Pierce, filed a lawsuit against the 17-year old driver who struck and killed her son. Ms. Jordan alleges Alyssa Shunkweiler was negligent when she caused the accident that resulted in Mr. Pierce's death. Mr. Pierce was walking along U.S. 290, east of Paige, Texas, at 8:30 a.m. At that time, Ms. Shunkweiler hit Mr. Pierce with her 2000 Dodge Ram. Ms. Shunkweiler stated she did not see Mr. Pierce walking on the side of the road. He died at the scene of the accident.