Accident

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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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"Plain and simple, it was just kind of a freak accident. I just fell.
The scene of the freak accident at Bensham Bank in Gateshead
Zirgham Raza, Pak First Secretary (Trade) suffered "minor bruises" in a brawl when his car and a motorcycle were involved in a "freak accident" in Ber Serai at around 7:25 pm yesterday when he was returning to his Vasant Kunj home.
And stories in which journalists used the expression "freak accident" were less likely to include injury prevention information than those in which people quoted in the story used the expression.
"It's why I can laugh about it now - a freak accident that unfortunately happened."
Summary: Members of the public witnessed alarming scenes in Hyde park earlier after a horse was injured in a freak accident.
But the father of two has now been killed in a freak accident, when he was knocked down on the busy A1.
THE survivor of a freak accident says he is lucky to be alive after the car he was working on collapsed on top of him.
Summary: Three university students were killed in a car accident overnight on Thursday in a freak accident in south Lebanon, according to the National News Agency.
"It was just a freak accident. I can't get to grips with it," she said.
A YOUNG man who fell asleep in the bath after a drinking session drowned in a freak accident.
Brian flynn has defended Joe Jacobson in the wake of Keiron Dyer's horror injury after the Wales Under 21 star insisted the incident was a "freak accident." Bristol Rovers youngster Jacobson, 20, was publicly blamed by West Ham boss Alan Curbishley after the Carling Cup clash that saw England midfielder Dyer break his leg in two places.