What's Causing Multi-car Accidents?

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In the last 12 days, there have been at least four crash sites along Interstate 64. They all have one thing in common -- they involve at least four vehicles.

"I think it's just a coincidence that we've had so many multi-car crashes in recent weeks," Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphries said.

While the accidents may be just that, the reasons behind them likely aren't.

It leaves drivers like Tanette White cautious.

"You would have to look in advance to see what you would do just in case," White said.

White travels I-64 frequently, many times with her children in the back seat. With that precious cargo, you can bet she's constantly analyzing the roadway when she's behind the wheel.

It's an attitude Humphries says everyone should have.

"You want to make sure that you're not just driving your vehicle, but you're paying attention to everyone else around you," he said.

That can often mean looking far in advance.

"Don't just look at the hundred feet in front of you," Humphries said. "Pay attention to the vehicle in front of the vehicle in front of you."

That attention can be much more focused when not distracted -- making sure technology takes a back seat to the number one task at hand.

Humphries also warns drivers not to follow too closely to one another. He says the "two-second following rule" applies to vehicles that are traveling around 30 miles per hour. For interstate speeds, that distance should increase to around seven seconds.

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