The New Jersey Turnpike is one of the most famous roadways in the United States. It also has some of the most dangerous stretches of pavement in the country. Traffic on the roadway is almost always high, and it’s often moving as speeds in excess of 65 mph. In cutting through some of the most populated cities in the state, it’s consistently one of the top 10 worst places to drive in the United States, especially for out-of-state drivers who aren’t accustomed to the aggressive drivers and the frantic pace of traffic. For many of them, it seems as if they have targets on their license plates.
Some Common Causes of New Jersey Turnpike Accidents
Accidents happen every day on the nearly 150 miles of the New Jersey Turnpike. The common causes of those accidents are just like those of any other densely populated area: Some of them follow:
- Distracted driving, like talking on a cell phone, texting or inputting data into an information when traveling on the roadway.
- Speeding, including driving too fast for weather or traffic conditions, especially during the winter months.
- Rear-end collisions involving drivers who follow another vehicle too closely.
- Lane change or merging accidents when drivers fail to properly check their blind spots, especially truck drivers.
- Crashes that are otherwise caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two.
Another Sad Turnpike Fatality
In May 2020, another traffic death occurred on the Turnpike in Cherry Hill when a 40-year-old North Carolina woman who was traveling with her husband and 7-year-old daughter was killed in an accident with a flatbed tow truck. The woman’s husband lost control of the family’s minivan and collided with the rear of the truck in the early morning hours.
Out-of-State Residents Should Retain Experienced and Effective Local Counsel
Of course, nearly all Turnpike accidents don’t result in fatalities, but given the traffic speeds and congestion, some people suffer serious crash injuries. Don’t let geography complicate matters for you. New Jersey non-residents have the same right to seek compensation for their injuries and damages as New Jersey residents. You can expect the opposing insurance company to try and take advantage of you though if you reside in a far-away state. If you retain us to represent you for the injuries that you suffered in your New Jersey accident, we’re not going to allow that other insurance company take advantage of you simply because you’re from somewhere else.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer
After being an out-of-state victim of an accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact 911 immediately and ask for police and paramedics to be sent to the scene. After your condition has been stabilized, have the paramedics transport you to the nearest emergency room for treatment. After that, contact our Cherry Hill NJ Personal Injury office for a free consultation and case evaluation. Once we’re retained to represent you, we can take attend to everything regarding your accident case in New Jersey or Pennsylvania while you receive care and treatment that you need with your own doctors and therapists at home. Don’t let geography get in the way of your motor vehicle personal injury claim. While you’re doing that, our experienced and effective attorneys can take all of the steps necessary to obtain the compensation that you deserve.