We have all done it. People see an accident on the highway and traffic slows to a crawl just so everyone can get a good look at what happened. But, what many people do not realize is the danger that is actually caused when people unexpectedly slow down on the highway to look at an accident.
What Is The Harm A Little Rubbernecking Can Cause?
Recently, there was a very serious accident on I-95 and the cause is speculated to have been drivers slowing down to look at an earlier accident on the other side of the highway. It is believed that the accident was caused when traffic slowed and a recreational vehicle failed to stop in time and rear-ended a semi carrying dangerous chemicals.
There was an explosion and the chemicals ignited, creating a cloud of toxic smoke that required the evacuation of people within a two-mile radius of the explosion. The fire was so severe, it burned a hole through the road itself.
Rubbernecking Can Cause A Chain Of Accidents
The chemical explosion was not the only accident caused in this chain of events. There were several other accidents as well that were caused by when traffic slowed to view a previous accident.
What Should We Do When We See An Accident?
We all need to drive cautiously when we see an accident. If people look like they need help, pull off the road, offer assistance and call 911. But, when drivers slow down excessively just to get a better view of the accident and begin a chain reaction of traffic coming to an unexpected halt, there is a very serious threat of rear-end collisions occurring.
We all need to do our part to help prevent these types of dangerous situations on the road. Be aware of the traffic around you and drive defensively. If you do become involved in an accident, get off the road if you can, seek appropriate medical attention and gather what evidence you can. Taking pictures of the accident scene with your cellphone and gathering witness names and contact information if possible will help you greatly as you seek compensation after a motor vehicle accident.