An accident involving six vehicles blocked traffic last Wednesday morning. According to KSL.com, the accident blocked traffic from Layton to Roy. The pileup occurred around 6:45 a.m. on I-15. The accident caused delays for many cars and blocked the three lanes on the left of the freeway, as well as the shoulder. The road was cleared and reopened around 7:30 a.m., but the delays continued for much of the morning. The cause of the accident is still unknown.
We hope that those involved in the accident are okay. The article in KSL did not mention the injuries of those involved. As you can imagine, a serious accident can result in an array of injuries, from whiplash to severe internal bleeding. Depending on the speed of the crash and other factors, an accident can be extremely dangerous. At The Advocates, we work with people every day whose lives have been altered by devastating crashes. We always try to treat every case we handle with the utmost care. A pileup crash can be unfortunate because it can result in multiple people being injured at once and can be tricky if not handled delicately.
Every appropriate measure should be taken to try and prevent an accident, especially a pileup. We do not know the exact cause of this particular multiple car crash; however, we would like to give some tips to try and prevent multiple car pileups generally. Again, this advice is not meant to apply to this crash directly; instead, it can serve as a guide to inform future driving and perhaps prevent something similar.
The first thing to remember in pileup prevention is to always maintain a reasonable following distance. You never want to follow too closely. This mode of driving is known as “tailgating.” You never want to be on the tail of another car. This type of driving behavior is problematic because you do not know when the driver in front of you is going to slam on his/her brakes. If you are following too closely and the car in front of you comes to an abrupt stop, the sheer physics of the situation doesn’t allow you to stop in time. Unfortunately, even if you slam on your brakes as hard as you possibly can, every car has a required distance to stop. When you drive to close to someone, you compromise this ability to stop and put yourself and the car in front of you in danger.
The second piece of advice is always be looking ahead as you drive. You certainly want to keep your eyes on what is going on in front of you, but if you see the cars slowing up ahead, you will want to follow their lead even if the vehicles directly in front of you are not slowing down. This action prepares both you and the cars behind you for an abrupt stop.
Obviously, there aren’t any guarantees when it comes to accidents, but the vast majority of crashes come at a moment of oversight or not being adequately prepared for what the road can throw your way. As always, if you have any specific or general questions regarding your own accident or the accident of someone you love, give us a call. We are eager and willing to help you better understand your rights when it comes to car accidents.