North Carolina Auto Accident Highlights Dangers of Rubbernecking

When an accident occurs on a major highway or widely traveled road, there is always a chance that multiple cars could become involved. In some cases, a multi-vehicle pileup results from the fact that people in other cars can’t stop in time to avoid an accident. In other cases, however, the risk of a crash increases because people are “rubbernecking” or stopping to take a look at what happened in the original crash.

One recent accident in Greensboro illustrates the dangers that rubbernecking can create. Our Greensboro injury attorneys believe this tragic accident serves as an important reminder to all drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times instead of having their attention diverted by an accident. 27210_urban_accident.jpg

The Rubbernecking Accident
According to WFMY News 2, police were called to E. Wendover near Cridland Avenue at approximately 9:45 A.M. after reports were made of an accident involving three cars and a tractor trailer. When police responded to the scene, there were seven serious injuries, at least three of which necessitated hospitalization. Fortunately, no one suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

While police were assisting the victims of this multi-car pileup, another accident occurred on the opposite side of the street. Police indicated that this other accident occurred as a result of drivers looking at the accident instead of focusing on the road.

Because of the accident, the police were forced to shut down all three lanes of traffic in the area. Police indicated that they expected to open one of the closed lanes by 12:30 P.M., around three hours after the initial accident had occurred.

Staying Safe and Avoiding Multi-Car Accidents
When an accident happens, it is the natural instinct of many drivers to glance over and try to see what happened. Unfortunately, this behavior is dangerous. Taking your eyes off the road to focus on another crash increases the risk of:

  • Straying out of your lane
  • Losing control of your vehicle
  • Rear-ending the vehicle in front of you
  • Striking pedestrians, bicycle riders or other cars who may be on the road

Whenever a driver takes his eyes off the road and pays attention to something other than his driving, this creates a risk. When there is an accident and multiple drivers engage in rubbernecking to see what went on, this exacerbates the problem since there are now many drivers who are not paying attention. Tragically, sometimes this results in multiple accidents occurring that could have been avoided.

Despite the temptation, therefore, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road at all times. A driver who is distracted and looking away who causes a crash can be held responsible for the consequences of that accident including for resulting injuries caused. Witnesses to the accident, which may include law enforcement who are already on the scene, can attest to the fact that the driver caused the crash as a result of their failure to pay proper attention to the road.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of the Carolinas, including Winston-Salem, Charlotte and North Wilkesboro.

Additional Resources
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