OLD BROOKVILLE, NY – According to Longisland.news12.com, a man was killed in a car accident in Old Brooksville on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at about 3 in the afternoon. The victim was a 53-year-old man who was in a backseat passenger in a Toyota was heading southbound on Route 107. The driver lost control of the car and struck a retaining wall. The vehicle ended up in the middle of the roadway where it was struck by another vehicle.
The person driving the Toyota was also injured, but reports indicate that the injuries are not life-threatening.
Crashes that involve drivers leaving the roadway and striking objects that are on the side of the road are referred to as run-off-the-road crashes. These collisions cause a high number of fatalities each year. When vehicles are involved in crashes that result in the vehicle remaining in the roadway, there is a risk of a secondary crash. Secondary crashes involve collisions that are indirectly the result of another crash. Sometimes these crashes happen immediately following the first crash, and other times they occur because traffic slows down because of one collision, and a vehicle fails to slow down in time to avoid striking the vehicles that are backed up.
While secondary accidents can happen quickly and with little warning, drivers can avoid many of these accidents by not following too closely behind other vehicles and by paying attention to the road. It is often possible to avoid secondary crashes that result from traffic congestion just by being alert and driving at a safe speed for the road conditions. Drivers should always avoid rubbernecking as well because taking the time to look at the scene of a crash can cause a driver to be involved in a secondary crash.
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