Is there an appropriate verb that can accurately describe getting into a car accident? Saying that someone was 'struck' or 'victimized', just doesn't seem right. (The family was _______ on their way home from the party) I know you can technically just say that someone 'got into a car crash', but I'm hoping there is a verb that can describe getting into such an accident.

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    Sometimes there's not a single word. – Hot Licks Sep 25 '16 at 22:55

Wikipedia offers a set of nouns, but most seem to require a verb like to be/have/etc. .

Many different terms are commonly used to describe vehicle collisions. The World Health Organization use the term road traffic injury, while the U.S. Census Bureau uses the term motor vehicle accidents (MVA), and Transport Canada uses the term "motor vehicle traffic collision" (MVTC). Other common terms include auto accident, car accident, car crash, car smash, car wreck, motor vehicle collision (MVC), personal injury collision (PIC), road accident, road traffic accident (RTA), road traffic collision (RTC), road traffic incident (RTI), road traffic accident and later road traffic collision, as well as more unofficial terms including smash-up, pile-up, and fender bender.

So I guess you could say : The family crashed/smashed/collided/RTC-ed on their way home from the party, but none of those sound 'right' to me.

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The usual construction is, "The family was in a traffic accident," or "The family was involved in a traffic accident."

If you know specifics, you could say, "The family was rear-ended at a stoplight" or "The family spun their car in the snow and hit a tree."

I friend of mine once, totally innocently, came into work one morning and said he'd been "rear-ended by a gay guy." We got a laugh.

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  • As @Reg Dwight has said, '[W]e write stuff in comments that is too obvious to qualify for an answer.' – Edwin Ashworth Sep 25 '16 at 21:17

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