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Traffic congestion on highways can trigger chain reaction accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2023 | Injuries

Traffic congestion is an all-too-familiar problem that plagues many urban areas. Traffic congestion leads to frustrating delays and can trigger chain reaction accidents. Chain reaction accidents, also known as multi-vehicle accidents, occur when one initial collision sets off a series of subsequent crashes.

The triggering event is usually the result of sudden braking, swerving or loss of control due to various factors like:

  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating
  • Adverse weather conditions

A domino effect ensues once the triggering event occurs where nearby vehicles become involved in subsequent collisions. Each collision further affects other nearby vehicles, leading to a chain of crashes. Unfortunately, chain reaction accidents can endanger road users’ lives and pose additional hazards, such as fires, spilled hazardous materials and obstructed roadways. These hazards can make it challenging for emergency responders to access the scene promptly to cater to the injured.

Highways in Sussex County that are susceptible to chain reaction accidents

Highway 1, also known as the Coastal Highway, is a vital transportation route connecting the county’s northern and southern regions. The high volume of vehicles on this large highway, especially during the tourist season, significantly increases the chances of chain reaction accidents. Additionally, the presence of pedestrians crossing to reach the beach further escalates the risk.

Highway 24, known as the John J. Williams Highway, is a significant east-west route in the county. During weekends and holidays, it witnesses heavy traffic as residents and tourists travel to the beaches and recreational spots. The combination of local traffic, long-distance travelers and pedestrians can lead to hazardous situations, making it susceptible to chain reaction accidents.

Highway 404, also known as the Seashore Highway, is a critical east-west connection. It encounters traffic congestion during peak tourist seasons and holiday weekends. The presence of slow-moving vehicles, such as farm equipment and RVs, can lead to impatient driving behaviors, increasing the likelihood of chain reaction accidents.

Delaware boasts an extensive highway network vital for its residents and visitors. Unfortunately, traffic congestion on these large highways can trigger chain reaction accidents. Those who are injured in such accidents are encouraged to explore their legal options, as chain reaction crash cases tend to be particularly complex due to all of the actors involved.