One motor vehicle accident is bad, but a second one that occurs right afterward is even worse. Many secondary crashes can be prevented to reduce further injuries and damage. Modern automotive technology has resulted in the rise of collision avoidance systems, so millions of new vehicles are being manufactured with these systems to alert drivers of impending crashes.
Examples of secondary collisions
A secondary collision is an accident that occurs as a result of an initial one. An example is a vehicle that overturns after being hit by another vehicle. Another example is a multi-car crash that occurs when multiple vehicles hit each other and pile up.
Every car accident has different results. In one collision, a car may continue moving forward after being hit by something and then hit another car or object. In another incident, the car may send debris flying after a serious head-on or side collision, injuring other drivers on the road.
Overall, a secondary collision will result in additional injuries and damage. These injuries may include minor fractures along with neck, head and back injuries. Whiplash in the neck, lower back pain, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae are also commonly reported.
Methods to reduce the severity of injuries
The first tip to prevent serious injuries is to wear a seat belt. In addition, on some highways, there are longitudinal traffic barriers that minimize the impact of secondary collisions.
Many cars are equipped with advanced systems to prevent the car from moving out of control. A pre-collision warning system includes sensors and alarms that warn drivers of approaching vehicles or objects in order to prevent a crash. A post-collision braking system automatically stops the vehicle within a few milliseconds after a crash occurs.
Not every accident can be prevented, but it’s still important to take all of the steps possible to prevent serious harm to the drivers and any passengers. A driver’s actions before, during and after an initial collision may prevent a secondary collision and reduce the risks of further injuries.