Traffic, Tolls, Texting & Trouble: Staying Safe on the Highways

4794889717_999004eeceStop. Go. Start. Stop. Traffic can bring out the worst of all of us. Traffic is also one of the main causes of accidents on our nation’s highways. Add construction, lane closures, limited shoulder space, narrow lanes, and traffic shifts to the mixture and people become agitated and forget their basic motor safety. Other driving interruptions, such as exits, on-ramps, and tolls, can also cause their own accidents. With people merging, slowing down, and speeding up at already high speeds, this can be a recipe for disaster.

Tollways in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents that utilize the Pennsylvania Turnpike are in for a change in 2015—a change that will increase the toll prices 5%. Tolls are part of many commuters’ daily lives, but pose their own special dangers. While many users can glide through using E-ZPass lanes, the slowing down and confusion as to which lane to get into can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road and lead their vehicle to hit another. For cash-paying drivers, drivers must come to a complete stop at designated checkpoints to make the necessary payment. A cash-paying driver who suddenly discovers they picked the wrong lane may try to get over quickly to avoid paying a fine—a common occurrence that causes accidents much like red light camera usage.

Texting While Driving

Another problem with traffic is that it can lead to impatience. People get bored sitting in traffic, which may lead to increased cell phone usage. Pennsylvania is among the majority of states in the United States that has texting and driving laws in place that make using a handheld device while driving a primary offense. A primary offense is one in which an officer can pull you over without any additional reason. This is in contrast to a secondary offense, such as failure to wear a seatbelt, which requires an officer to have another reason for pulling the driver over besides that particular infraction. Texting and driving is not the only way to receive an infraction or to become distracted while sitting in traffic—talking on your phone without a hands-free device or changing the music on your music device may also lead to the types of distractions that may take your eyes away from the road for the fraction of a second it takes to get into an accident.

Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyers

Whether you are in an accident at a high speed, a low speed, or if you were at a standstill, the financial, emotional, physical, and long-term consequences of a car accident can be substantial. At Solnick & Associates, LLC, LLC, our experienced auto accident attorneys are sympathetic to your unique set of circumstances. Our team of knowledgeable legal practitioners knows how to work with the insurance companies, individuals, and attorneys that will ultimately determine what compensation you are entitled to as a result of your accident. If you or anyone you know has questions about a potential auto accident case in the greater Philadelphia area, please contact our professional staff for a consultation today.

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