Although organisations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents name factors including speeding, careless driving, and inexperience as the primary causes of vehicle collisions, the Highways Agency has had to introduce new measures in order to stop motorists looking at car crashes – something which appears to be a growing problem within our society.
The scheme, put into practice during 2012, involves cordoning off accident sites on motorways with high, easily transportable screens. By preventing motorists from looking at vehicle accidents, it is believed that traffic flows improve and individuals get to their destinations faster.
Those who look at traffic accidents participate in an activity known as “rubbernecking” – a term which is defined as staring at something “in a naive or foolish manner”. Although individuals who slow down to look at vehicle collisions might obstruct other road users – causing congestion in the process – their actions could also endanger the lives of other motorists.
While it is unclear why anyone would want to look at a car crash – and perhaps a matter for psychologists to debate – those who do so are usually not concentrating on the road ahead, sometimes resulting in them colliding with other motorists.
Far from being an isolated phenomenon, the findings of one survey suggest this behaviour is actually widespread. After interviewing 3,000 drivers, the researchers discovered that approximately two-thirds of the respondents admitted to decreasing their speeds in order to get a better look at an accident scene, while a tenth stated they had even stopped their vehicles.
Worryingly, for five percent of the drivers, their rubbernecking resulted in them being involved in a traffic accident. Although this research did not reveal how many individuals had attempted to claim car crash injury compensation after being hit by a rubbernecking driver, these findings suggest that numerous motorists are guilty of this negligent behaviour
Hopefully, these motorway screens will help stop individuals from getting distracted by traffic accidents – preventing further collisions in the process. However, if you were adversely affected by a rubbernecking driver, you might be entitled to pursue compensation through one of our specialist car crash solicitors.
Whether you suffered whiplash, fractures, or any other type of personal injury during a non-fault vehicle collision, George Ide’s expert team could help you claim compensation. For more information about how we might be able to assist you, please get in touch with our specialist department today.