CAPE CORAL, FL- NBC-2.com* reports that a collision blocked traffic on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, on the Midpoint Bridge. The collision took place near the Del Prado exit. Witnesses reported that emergency services were on the scene and were providing aid to people who were wearing neck braces.
The traffic was blocked over the river.
Traffic accidents wreak havoc on commuter traffic. Even minor crashes can cause long delays. The delays are even greater during periods of heavy traffic like morning and evening rush hours. There are several reasons why even minor crashes cause significant backups. Traffic accidents take up lanes of traffic. Disabled vehicles may block a lane and reduce traffic capacity on the road significantly while the scene is cleared and vehicles are towed.**
In moderate crashes, the delays can be even greater because emergency workers might be needed at the scene. It is important that emergency responders are able to get to victims and that they can work without being exposed to the risks of traffic around them.
Of course, driver behavior also leads to increased delays after traffic accidents. Even small accidents draw a great deal of attention from drivers passing by the scene. This behavior, sometimes called “rubbernecking” involves drivers slowing down to gawk at scenes on the side of the road. Rubbernecking can impact traffic both in the lanes in which an accident occurred, but also in the lanes traveling the opposite direction, even if nothing is actually obstructing those lanes.
It is important to remember that drivers who are distracted by car accidents in Florida are not focused on the road, meaning that they are at risk of being involved in an accident as well.
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