Pointers for Preventing a Multi-Car Crash
But other types of collisions – such as head-on crashes – can also cause fatal chain-reactions. That was the case on July 31, when a passenger was killed in a three-car crash in the Town of Montezuma.
An eastbound vehicle crossed the centerline of State Route 5 & 20 and collided with a westbound vehicle, according to a New York State Police report. The impact forced the second car to also cross the centerline, where it was hit by another westbound car.
A passenger in the first westbound car was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was seriously injured. The eastbound driver received minor injuries.
Seven Tips for Drivers
- Postpone travel in bad weather. Fog and heavy rain are especially dangerous.
- Use all your senses. Scan the road ahead for signs of trouble. Crack your window if visibility is limited so that you can hear horns or other warnings.
- Watch for dangerous road conditions. Soft shoulders, potholes and patches of roadway under repair can be hazardous.
- Avoid congested routes. Crowded interstates are a recipe for pileups. Rush hour traffic is also hazardous. Plan your travel schedule for times when the roads are clear.
- Don’t speed. Driving too fast shortens reaction time and limits control over your vehicle.
- Remain in your car. If there is a chain-reaction crash, don’t get out to see what is happening. Stay put until traffic starts moving again.
- Don’t tailgate. Allow ample room between your car and the vehicle in front of you.