Woman Dies in Post Car Crash Accident in Columbus Georgia
COLUMBUS, GA- Wtvm.com writes that a driver pulled to the side of the road following a crash that took place on Woodruff Farm Road in Muscogee County. The 26-year-old from Atlanta exited her vehicle and was walking near the scene when another driver on the opposite side of the street collided with a guide wire.*
The secondary crash caused a utility pole to fall and strike the victim. The young woman died at the scene. Police stated that an autopsy would be performed in Atlanta.
Secondary crashes are a common risk to people on the road, especially those who have just been involved in an earlier wreck. Drivers frequently unbuckle themselves or exit their vehicles following a car crash, but this can be extremely dangerous when the victims are close to the roadway.
Sometimes cars fail to see the disabled vehicles on the road, but other times these incidents are caused because drivers are distracted by the wreckage left by the earlier incident. Rubbernecking, which occurs when a driver is turning to look at the scene of a collision, is considered a form of distracted driving. When drivers are looking at the aftermath of a crash, they are not paying attention to the road ahead. This can cause another collision.
Drivers who have just gotten into a crash may not be thinking clearly. However, when a crash takes place, it is important to use extreme caution. In many situations, the best move is to stay in the car with a seat belt fastened as this will provide some protection for the occupants in the event of a second impact.
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Sources:https://www.wtvm.com/2020/03/04/woman-survives-car-wreck-columbus-dies-after-utility-poll-falls-her/ and https://www.progressive.com/lifelanes/on-the-road/auto-rubbernecking/ and https://www.cars.com/articles/after-breakdown-or-accident-its-best-to-stay-in-your-car-1420663217827/