Lesson 43: Traffic Accidents



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: traffic accidents. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about traffic accidents.

Dorothy, have you ever been in a traffic accident?
One time I was involved in an accident on a side street.
Were you injured?
Luckily it was a fender bender, and I was not hurt.
That’s good! I was involved in a bad car accident one time on the highway.
Were you seriously hurt?
I wasn’t, but there was one casualty. Someone in the other vehicle died.
Oh my, that’s really sad! What caused the accident?
The other driver was driving recklessly and hit me from behind.
You were unfortunate. I’m sure you were wearing your seatbelt.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

side street (n) a smaller road often connected to the main road
I live on a side street where there is very little traffic.
injured (v) to cause physical harm to; hurt
He injured his leg while playing football.
fender bender (n) a minor accident between cars with little damage
Dorothy was in a fender bender the other day.
highway (freeway, expressway) (n) the main road especially between towns and cities; normally the speed limit is higher
The highway connects New York City and Philadelphia.
seriously (adv) in a way that is bad or dangerous
Kevin was seriously hurt in the car accident. He broke three bones and had to be in the hospital for one week.
casualty (n) someone who is hurt badly or dies in an accident
There was only one casualty in the house fire yesterday.
recklessly (adv) acting or done without care or concern
He was driving his car recklessly and caused an accident.
from behind (prep phrase) in the rear; at the back
My car was hit from behind.
unfortunate (adj) having bad luck or unlucky
An unfortunate person usually doesn’t have good luck.
seatbelt (n) a safety belt or strap in a car, airplane, or other vehicles
You should always wear your seatbelt when driving in a car.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Have you ever been hit from behind while in a car?
    1. Fortunately no, but my friend was.
    2. Unfortunately, yes, and my car was seriously damaged.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Do you always wear your seatbelt while in a car?
    1. Of course, it’s necessary for safety reasons.
    2. I don’t wear my seatbelt all the time, but I know I should.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Do you prefer to live on a side or main street?
    1. I like to live on a side street because there’s less traffic.
    2. I like to live on the main street because it’s close to restaurants and stores.
    3. Your answer:
  4. How can traffic accidents be prevented?
    1. People need to slow down and drive with more care.
    2. There needs to be more driver education and training.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you think talking on a cell phone and driving at the same time can cause accidents?
    1. There’s definitely a connection between talking on the cell phone and driving at the same time.
    2. Drivers should never do both at the same time. It’s unsafe!
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Why should people wear seatbelts?
  2. Have you ever been in a car accident? If yes, describe the accident.
  3. Why do people drive fast on the highway?
  4. Describe a situation where you were unfortunate.
  5. Do you know someone who was seriously hurt in an accident? If yes, do you know what caused the accident?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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