Colliding with one vehicle is bad enough, but what happens when multiple vehicles are involved? The potential for serious injury or death goes up considerably. Unfortunately, multiple-vehicle accidents in Maryland seem to be on the rise. More than 20 vehicles were involved in a snow-induced accident in Washington County this past winter. One person died in a six-vehicle pileup in Anne Arundel County already this spring. What can you do to protect your family from becoming the victims of the next multiple-vehicle crash? Here are four helpful tips:

Give a Little Room

Tailgating is one of the top causes of chain-reaction crashes on the Beltway. A driver who is tailgating has very little time to brake or swerve to avoid a crash. Give yourself a chance to escape from a potentially deadly accident by leaving a little extra breathing room between your car and the one in front of you.

Watch Your Speed

High speeds are another common contributor to multiple-vehicle crashes. That’s why the majority of chain-reaction accidents occur on the Capital Beltway, 270 and other busy freeways. Be extra vigilant when traveling at high speeds on the local highways.

Stay Tuned to the Weather

Multiple-vehicle accidents are more likely to occur in icy or wet road conditions. If the weather is bad, leave a little early, slow down and increase your following distance to protect yourself against involvement in a serious multiple-vehicle crash.

Eyes on the Road

This may seem like a no-brainer, but with driving distractions such a rampant problem, it pays to be reminded of the importance of focusing on the task at hand. The more observant you are of traffic patterns around you, the more likely it is that you will be able to spot a potential accident before it occurs and avoid becoming a victim. If you or a family member has been involved in a chain-reaction crash or any multiple-vehicle accident in Central Maryland, you may be having difficulty getting the compensation you deserve. We invite you to contact us directly to see how we can help you.

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