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Vehicle accidents and breakdowns

accident

noun

a crash involving a car, train, plane, or other vehicle

aquaplane

verb

if a car aquaplanes, it slides across water on the road in an uncontrolled way

bang up

to damage something such as a vehicle

blindside

verb

to hit the side of a travelling vehicle in an accident

blowout

noun

an occasion when a tyre on a moving vehicle suddenly bursts

break down

if a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops working

breakdown

noun

a situation in which a machine or vehicle stops working

broadside

verb

to crash into the side of another vehicle

bump

noun

a minor car accident

car crash

noun

an accident in which two or more vehicles crash into each other

collision

noun

an accident in which a person or vehicle that is moving crashes into something

crash

verb

if a moving vehicle crashes, it hits something, causing damage

crash

verb

if someone crashes a moving vehicle, they hit something with it, causing damage

crash

verb

if a plane crashes, or if someone crashes it, it falls from the sky

crash

noun

an accident that happens when a moving vehicle hits something, causing damage

derail

verb

to make a train come off its rails

derail

verb

if a train derails, it comes off its rails

ding

verb

to make a small dent on the surface of something, especially a car

distress

noun

a situation in which a ship, aircraft etc is in great danger and likely to sink or crash

fender-bender

noun

a minor accident in which vehicles are slightly damaged

fishtail

verb

if a vehicle fishtails, its back end moves from side to side in an uncontrolled way

flat

noun

a puncture1 1

head-on

adverb

if two vehicles crash head-on, the front of one vehicle hits the front of the other

head-on

adjective

a head-on crash is one in which two vehicles travelling in opposite directions hit each other

hit

verb

if a vehicle hits someone or something, it moves against them with great force

hit-and-run

adjective

a hit-and-run accident is one in which a driver does not stop after their vehicle has hit a person or another car

jackknife

verb

if a truck or train jackknifes, it bends in the middle and its connected parts fold towards each other

knock down

to hit someone with a vehicle so that they are injured or killed

pile-up

noun

an accident in which several vehicles crash into each other

plough into

to crash into someone or something with force, especially because you are moving or driving too quickly or in a careless or uncontrolled way

plough through

to crash through something or a group of people with force, especially because you are moving or driving too quickly or in a careless or uncontrolled way

prang

verb

to damage or hit something in an accident, especially a car or plane

puncture

noun

a small hole made by accident in a tyre

ram

verb

if a vehicle or boat rams something, it hits it very hard, usually when it is moving fast

rollover

noun

an occasion when a vehicle turns over while it is moving

run into

to hit someone or something by accident while you are driving

run over

to hit someone or something with a vehicle and drive over them

shipwreck

noun

an accident in which a ship is destroyed during a journey, usually because it hits rocks

shunt

noun

a situation in which several cars crash into each other in a line

sideswipe

verb

if one vehicle sideswipes another vehicle, their sides touch quickly

skid

noun

a sudden uncontrolled slide across the ground, especially by a vehicle

smash into

to make something such as a vehicle hit an object or surface very hard while moving very fast, causing injury or damage

smash

noun

a car crash

smash-up

noun

an accident that happens when a moving vehicle hits something, causing damage

SMIDSY

abbreviation

Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You: something that car drivers are alleged to say when they have hit a cyclist because they didn’t see him or her in time

SMIDSY

noun

an occasion when a cyclist is knocked off their bike by a motorist who didn’t see them in time

stall

noun

an occasion when a vehicle’s engine suddenly stops working

total

verb

to completely destroy a vehicle

whiplash

noun

a serious injury affecting your neck, caused when the vehicle that you are in is hit from behind by another vehicle, which makes your head move violently

wreck

verb

to severely damage or destroy a vehicle or building

wreck

noun

something that has been badly damaged, especially a car, plane, or train that has been in an accident

wreck

noun

a crash

wreckage

noun

the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged

write off

to damage a vehicle so badly that it is not worth repairing

write-off

noun

a vehicle that is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired

derailment

noun

prang

noun

run someone off the road

to drive in a way that forces someone else’s car to drive off the road

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