Car Accidents on Turnpikes
Every year car accidents in the United States are the cause of millions of personal injuries and even more in financial losses. Any accident has the potential to cause harm, but when accidents occur at a high speed damages tend to be especially damaging. High speed accidents are very common on turnpikes, or toll roads.
Turnpike car accidents can leave accident victims dealing with long-term injuries, mounting medical expenses, and lost wages. Car accident lawyer Roger “Rocky” Walton assists individuals in Arlington, TX, and surrounding areas in holding liable parties accountable for accident damages, so that they can focus on their recovery.
Turnpikes: Benefits and Risks
Turnpikes are a type of expressway that allows drivers to bypass city streets that are filled with stop signs and traffic signals. Turnpikes are just like highways and freeways, but drivers have to pay a fee, or a toll, to travel them. Turnpikes can be very beneficial to Arlington drivers, but these roads have some inherent risks as well.
One of the greatest benefits of turnpikes is that they tend to be less congested than other roads, since many drivers choose to travel roads that don’t require a toll. Fees collected on toll roads are used for road maintenance, so turnpikes are usually in good condition, as well.
Well-maintained roads and fewer vehicles should make for ideal driving conditions, but turnpike car accidents still happen. One of the biggest risks of turnpikes is that drivers can get lulled into a false sense of security, because the road seems so open and safe. This can cause them to act less cautiously and make mistakes that they wouldn’t make in heavier traffic conditions.
Causes of Turnpike Car Accidents
Turnpike car accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, including mechanical failures and poor weather conditions. However, most turnpike collisions are the result of driver error. Driving practices that most commonly result in turnpike car accidents include:
- Aggressive driving (tailgating, unsafe lane changes, swerving, etc.)
- Distracted driving (texting, eating, reaching for objects in the car, talking to passengers, etc.)
- Merging errors entering or exiting the turnpike
- Unfamiliarity with how to proceed through the toll booth
- Driving under the influence
Turnpike Accident Damages
Turnpike car accidents often take place when vehicles are traveling at high speeds. Since the speed of a vehicle has a direct effect on the force of a crash impact, turnpike accidents usually result in severe damages and injuries. Damages may include economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future medical treatment and/or rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Diminished wage earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The financial impact of a turnpike car accident can be debilitating, but Rocky Walton can help his Arlington clients hold liable parties accountable for collision losses. Alleviating the financial concerns of a crash allows injury victims to focus on their emotional and physical recovery.
The person or parties responsible for turnpike car accidents should be held accountable for all damages related to the crash. To find out how Roger “Rocky” Walton can help you collect the compensation you are due for your losses, contact our practice online or call us at (817) 429-4299.