It’s something no driver in New Jersey wants to even think about, much less be involved in – a multi-vehicle wreck with smoking, mangled cars and trucks strewn all along the road. It’s possible for scores of vehicles to be in one of these awful smashups.
Drivers and their passengers can sustain terrible, sometimes lethal injuries when these accidents occur. We have all seen them on the news – and we all hope never to be trapped in one.
But those huge collisions do happen. It’s best to be well prepared. Stormy weather and dangerous conditions are often the culprits. One expert cited rain and fog among the typical causes, placing the greatest blame on snow and ice.
Strategies to avoid being in an enormous, multi-motor vehicle accident
These suggestions are really just common sense, but it helps to be reminded of them just in case you are in a situation that suddenly threatens your life and safety:
- Stay focused: It’s always smart to devote all your attention to driving. When hazardous conditions prevail, that becomes vitally necessary. Know what is happening all around your car and further down the street as well so you have ample time to react.
- Leave extra space: Always keep a reasonable distance between your vehicle and other vehicles. Don’t creep right up to the bumper of the car in front of you. You might not even realize you are doing it. In rough weather, this is especially important.
- Let aggressive drivers pass: Check to see if another car is following yours too closely. If someone is, get out of their way if possible and let them pass you safely.
- Watch your speed: Tailor it to the current conditions. If the speed limit is, say, 40 miles per hour but heavy snow is nearly obscuring your view of the road and other vehicles, you’ll want to travel considerably slower.
Despite your efforts to steer clear of a major accident involving numerous vehicles, you may still get injured in one. You will probably want to know if you have any recourse to claim compensation for your losses.