Traffic Slows Following Multiple Vehicle Collision on Interstate 85
ATLANTA, GA- Cbs46.com writes that a collision on Interstate 85 closed down several of the interstate’s southbound lanes. The crash took place close to the Buford Highway in Atlanta, Georgia.*
Reports indicate that the crash involved a large truck and seven cars. The reports do not indicate whether anyone involved in the crash sustained injuries.
Thursday’s crash was reportedly a large collision, which caused lane closures and led to heavy traffic and long delays. However, even minor crashes can cause long traffic delays and traffic congestion. Part of the issue is that even small accidents can block lanes and increase congestion. Another factor is that many roads in the United States are already congested because the number of vehicles on the road has increased dramatically while road capacity has only increased a small amount over the decades.
In many cases, human behavior exacerbates already bad traffic conditions. Drivers often feel the need to look at accidents and their aftermath. The practice of rubbernecking can greatly reduce the speed on the highway as drivers slow down to view a wreck or even a driver getting a ticket. Rubbernecking can even slow traffic traveling in the opposite direction even though those vehicles do not have any actual lane obstructions.
Another problem with rubbernecking is that is can be dangerous. Anytime that a driver is focusing on something other than the road in front of them, they are distracted. Distracted driving, which is usually associated with smartphone use, causes many crashes every year. In heavy traffic, it is easy to fail to notice brake lights ahead. It is better to resist the temptation of rubbernecking than to become the next roadside attraction.
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