The Pennsylvania Turnpike officially opened in 1940 with estimates that over one million vehicles would use the highway each day. Instead, from the beginning, more than two million vehicles were recorded using the road almost from the day it opened. Traffic on the turnpike has only grown over the past 70 years, leading to a significant number of car accidents. Many of these accidents have caused serious injury and even death to some of those who travel the highway.
The most common cause of accidents on the turnpike is speeding, with people rushing to get to their destination. A growing problem on the turnpike is accidents caused by texting and distracted driving, despite the fact that texting while driving is illegal in Pennsylvania. Drivers often drive aggressively or too fast in construction zones as well, leading to accidents that may involve highway workers. Many people drive too closely to the car in front of them or engage in improper passing and lane changes.
All too often, drivers traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike get behind the wheel of their car after having too much to drink. This means their judgement is impaired and their reflexes slowed. They often drive too fast, make improper, sudden lane changes and fail to stop when vehicles slow in front of them. Driving while impaired is a significant problem, not only on the turnpike but in other areas of Pennsylvania as well.
After you are involved in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first thing to do is to contact the police, even if the other driver suggests you handle it privately. You will need to file a police report with your insurance company and you want an investigation into who was at fault in the crash. Seek medical attention for any injuries, even if they seem minor as the seriousness of an injury may not manifest for several days. Take photos of the accident scene, damage to your vehicle and any visible injuries as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. Our attorneys will negotiate with insurance companies, talk to police agencies and handle the stressful aftermath of an accident while you focus on healing. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages along with pain and suffering. You can arrange your initial consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing our easy query form online.