People in New Orleans, like other parts of the country, speak of collisions on the roadways as accidents. In one sense, they are rightly called car accidents because few people would strike another vehicle on purpose. In another respects though, only a handful of collisions are accidents in the sense that no one could have done anything to prevent them.
The vast majority of wrecks, almost 95 percent, can be attributed to human error or omission that could be prevented. In other words, most accidents should not happen if drivers and others exercise the right degree of care.