BROOKLYN, NY- Brooklyn.news12.com reports that a collision took place in the early hours of Friday morning on the BQE. The crash took place in the eastbound lanes of the highway close to the exit at Flushing Avenue at about 4 a.m.
The accident closed down two lanes. The extent of the injuries was not reported other than to say that they were serious.
Car accidents are a major cause of traffic congestion. Car accidents frequently happen, especially when roads are crowded. Of course, any driver can attest to the fact that once a car accident takes place, traffic gets far worse, and in many cases even leads to a stand-still.
Even fender benders have the ability to back up traffic for miles. When a serious accident takes place, the delays are even longer. Part of the reason is the closing of lanes which lowers the capacity of the road. Another big part of the reason that even small accidents lead to major delays is human behavior. The behavior referred to as “rubbernecking” can cause significant traffic jams even when the initial accident is minor. According to studies, rubbernecking can reduce the amount of traffic a highway can handle by 50 percent. The delays are not limited to traffic on the side of the highway where the accident occurred either; they happen for traffic traveling in both directions.
It is important to remember that rubbernecking is not just an annoying behavior that slows traffic but is also a form of distracted driving. When a driver is gawking at an accident, then he or she is not paying attention to the road. This can lead to secondary accidents.
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