Last month the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Dauphin County were closed for hours after a fiery crash involving a tractor trailer. Initial reports indicated a cargo van collided with the tractor trailer near mile marker 79 in East Hanover Township between the exits for Manada Hill and Grantville.
Reports like this seem to be in the news almost every day. Highway accidents are dangerous because most highway accidents involve high rates of speed and many involve large commercial vehicles. This puts drivers and passengers are risk for serious injuries and fatalities. According to some reports, 2015 was on track to be the deadliest traffic year since 2007. The number of injuries, deaths, and costs related to traffic accidents was on an upward trend. While you cannot control what other drivers do while behind the wheel of their vehicle, you can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from highway accidents.
Tips to Avoid Highway Accidents
When driving on the highway, practice defensive driving by using these safe driving tips:
- Slow down! Excessive speeds increase the risk of being involved in highway accidents. Excessive speeds also increases the risk of serious injuries if you are involved in highway accidents.
- Allow more space between you and other vehicles. This gives you more time to make evasive moves should an accident or emergency occur in front of you.
- Always wear your seat belts and use proper child restraint systems. It is the law in Pennsylvania and it saves lives.
- Follow all traffic rules such as yielding the right of way and avoiding improper lane changes.
- Avoid distracted driving. Distracted driving is a major cause of highway accidents.
- Do not give in to the urge to drive aggressively. By remaining calm, you increase your chance of safely arriving at your destination.
- Never drive while drowsy or impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
For more information about protecting yourself from highway accidents, visit the Driving Safety page of the NHTSA.
What Should You Do If You Are in a Highway Accident?
Remain calm and contact the police and EMS immediately. It is vital that you document the accident and your injuries in order to receive compensation from the at-fault driver. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, get as much information about the driver and the other vehicle, and obtain the names and contact information of any eye witnesses.
Once you have received medical attention, contact a Harrisburg car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. Insurance companies for negligent drivers fight injury claims because they do not want to pay full compensation to accident victims. Handler Henning & Rosenberg has the skills, knowledge, and resources to fight back and win against unfair insurance company practices.
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