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Accident

An unintended event that causes harm of any kind. An accident may be unavoidable; for example, one may hit a deer while driving a car, despite taking all appropriate precautions, simply because the deer ran in front of the car. Other accidents are the result of negligence; for example, a driver may unintentionally hit another car because he was speeding and under the influence of alcohol. The party responsible for paying damages in the event of an accident depends on a number of factors, notably which party, if any, was negligent. In some cases, one may be responsible for paying damages even if there was no negligence. Lawsuits attempting to determine responsibility are commonplace. See also: Indemnity.
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Andy Blair, owner of Andy Blair Sports, said today: "Obviously it's an unavoidable accident and the view to take is that it wasn't meant to happen and was just one of those things you have to put up with in life.
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I pictured a small private plane with engine trouble--an unavoidable accident.
He very much wants to see action in the approaching conflict, especially since an unavoidable accident had prevented his active participation in the Italian-Ethiopian conflict of 1935.
helped Clark make his case that the bombing was an unavoidable accident.