accident noun definition in Motoring problems and accidents topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

accident

 noun: Motoring problems and accidents topic
[countable] an unpleasant event, especially in a vehicle, that happens unexpectedly and causes injury or damage a car/road/traffic accident He was killed in an accident. One in seven accidents is caused by sleepy drivers. The accident happened at 3 p.m. to have an accident a serious/minor accident a fatal accident (= in which somebody is killed) accidents in the home a climbing/riding accident Take out accident insurance before you go on your trip. I didn't mean to break it—it was an accident.