3 Reasons Not to Stare the Next Time You Pass by a Car Accident
Millions of people drive every day, so it’s not surprising that we stumble upon a car accident every now and then during our everyday commute. However, when it happens, a lot of drivers tend to slow down and stare at the car accident. This phenomenon is known as rubbernecking and it can be very dangerous.
While it’s tempting to try and see what’s going on, it is highly recommended that you avoid doing so as it can lead to serious accidents. Following are 3 reasons not to stare the next time you pass by a car accident:
1. Distracted Driving
Rubbernecking is basically a dangerous form of distracted driving as it serves both as mental and visual distraction. According to statistics, about 20% of all reported road accidents are caused by distracted driving and nearly 16% of traffic deaths are the result of distracted driving. When you stare at a car crash while passing by, you are taking your eyes off the road. This increases accident risk. And since a lot of people do this, it’s easy to see why so many car crashes are secondary accidents. Even if you stare for a few seconds, you risk missing a vehicle suddenly braking or veering into your lane.
2. Slowing Traffic
Even if rubbernecking does not cause a road accident, it can slow the overall flow of traffic. You are basically putting yourself in danger by slowing down to stare at a car crash on the road. This is because not only are you slowing down, but you are also distracted. This can cause you to get into an accident. And when other drivers do the same, it can lead to highway congestion that becomes a breeding ground for car accidents. That’s why it is important to maintain a constant speed. By doing this, you can keep traffic moving and keep yourself safe.
3. Loss of Control
Staring at a car crash while passing by can lead to another problem: loss of control, which can result in serious injury and even death. Furthermore, by staring at a car accident and not paying attention to your driving, you are breaching your duty of care to offer a reasonably safe environment for others on the road. Such irresponsibility is subject to liability, which usually means that you will have to pay compensation to the victims in the case of an accident.
While it may be tempting to stare when you pass by a car accident, it is actually very irresponsible and dangerous. When you stare at a car accident while driving, you can travel a lot of distance within just a few seconds. This is enough time to veer off the road or hit another vehicle or object. Furthermore, if other drivers are doing the same, they may rear-end you and result in neck or back injuries. There is already one accident, don’t let your temptation to stare cause another!
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