Are you one of the thousands of people who head to summer vacation in the Pocono mountains? If so, you may consider taking the scenic route all the way up PA Route 611, but if you’d like to get there quicker, you may choose the PA Turnpike’s northeast extension. Due to a number of factors – traffic volume, speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving – accidents near or in the Lehigh Tunnel are not unusual, cautions Bucks County personal injury attorney Michael L. Saile, Jr. Not only can these accicents slow you down, they can also leave those involved with serious injuries. These greater Philadelphia area accidents involve all sorts of vehicles, including campers, trucks, buses, cars, and motorcycles.
Know What Actions to Take
So what can you do if you are involved in an accident that traps you along the PA Turnpike? First, of course, call 911 especially if anyone is injured. PA Turnpike rescue crews are quick to respond. In the meantime, try to be sure you are in the safest possible location given the circumstance. Put on your four-ways. Only exit your vehicle if you are in imminent danger of further injury by remaining in it, but be very careful. Do not assume other drivers are able to see the accident scene ahead of them in time to stop for you.
If you are not injured from the PA Turnpike accident and are in a safe location, obtain the following:
- make and model of the other vehicle(s)
- insurance information of the other driver(s)
- name of the other driver(s)
- names of any witnesses and contact information
If you are safe from further injury:
- take photos of the accident scene
- take photos of the damage to your vehicle and others
- ask the responding police officer for a copy of the police report and ask for the officer’s badge number.
The Bucks County personal injury lawyers of Cordisco & Saile LLC know how traumatic an accident injury can be. If you or a loved one has been injured in a PA Turnpike accident, our experienced PA personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you require to heal from your injury. Get our FREE PA Car Accident book, a well written consumer guide that provides valuable car accident information.