From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
An accident is a detrimental event that occurs unexpectedly and unintentionally. Physical examples include unintended collisions or falls, being injured by touching something sharp, hot, or electric, or ingesting poison. Non-physical examples are unintentionally revealing a secret or otherwise saying something incorrectly, forgetting an appointment, etc.
The informal term "freak accident" may refer to an unfortunate event that may seem exceedingly unlikely to happen by chance. This term may be used to imply doubts about whether the event actually was an accident. An example of a freak accident is the death of Isadora Duncan who died of accidental strangulation and broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.
- Bad luck
- The integral accident
- Divine accident
- "The Art of the Accident: Paul Virilio and Accelerated Modernity", a text by Steve Redhead
- List of unusual deaths
- Unnatural death
- Traffic collision