March 5, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident and Lessons Learned: Criminalizing Accidents

I attended at the “Criminal Prosecution of Accidents” session at the 2012 Global TapRooT® Summit. WOW! What a powerful session.

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Eric Cropp, a pharmacist that was convicted of a crime for his supervision of the improper mixture of a cancer drug, and Lori Avant, driver who was charged with vehicular manslaughter after she hit a pedestrian that stepped out in front of her car on a rainy night when she was going through a green light, shared their personal experiences of being charged with a crime after an accident. At the session, I thanked them for their courage to speak publicly and honestly about their errors and the criminal prosecution that followed.

To learn more about their accidents, see these previous blog posts:

Posts about Lori’s accident …

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/12525

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/26046

Posts about Eric’s accident and prosecution …

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/9775

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/11460

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/11624

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/12553

http://www.taproot.com/content/archives/22166

The talks were so powerful, and the lessons we should learn are so vital, that I decided to ask both Lori and Eric back to the 2013 Summit to speak as Keynote speakers.

Criminalizing honest errors will not make the public safer. Only learning from in-depth, advanced root cause analysis can create the lessons learned that will make each of us safer. And this learning is jeopardized by the reluctance it creates for people to cooperate with an accident investigation.

Don’t let the desire for vengeance get in the way of learning. Today’s lesson learned is that honest mistakes should not be met with criminal prosecution.

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