The New Jersey Turnpike has been open for nearly seven decades. It stretches 122 miles, from Salem County in the South to Fort Lee in the North. There is often heavy traffic on the Turnpike because of the interconnection between heavily populated areas. One of the busiest toll roads in the United States, with over 63,000 vehicles driving it daily, the so-called “black dragon” has a high rate of crashes, many of which are caused by negligent drivers.
Common Causes of Turnpike Accidents
In the Northern part of the state, the road is bifurcated so that trucks can go on one side, and cars on the other. But in the Southern half of the state, all cars and trucks travel together. This often presents a hazard because drivers may not notice the conditions change.
In addition, the turnpike swaths through areas with substantial trade and commercial activity. Travelers from JFK Airport, LaGuardia, and Newark Airport all rely on the Turnpike to get to their destinations. Trucks coming from the largest port on the East Coast, Port Elizabeth, also take the Turnpike. FedEx and UPS have Ground Hubs that produce significant Turnpike traffic. There is also an Amazon distribution center located near the Central Jersey portion of the Turnpike.
Other causes of accidents on the Turnpike include:
- Speeding drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Cell phone use
- Road rage
- Unsafe lane changes
- Poor weather
There are some areas of the New Jersey Turnpike that are more dangerous than others. Sections surrounding Cranbury, Newark, Secaucus, New Brunswick and Cherry Hill are considered the most dangerous sections of the turnpike. However, there are a significant number of tractor trailers that routinely use the turnpike as part of their route and, many times, these large trucks are involved in some of the most devastating crashes on the highway.
Common Mistakes Accident Victims Make Following an Accident
As with any accident, it is vital to contact paramedics as soon as possible if anyone has been injured. Contact the police and request to file a report, even if there are no apparent injuries or the damage seems minor. Get the names and contact information of all witnesses and drivers involved in the accident. Take photographs of the accident scene, any injuries, and property damage. Because adrenaline can mask the pain of injuries, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident, even if the injuries seem minor.
It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey turnpike accident lawyer immediately following the accident to ensure you do not inadvertently say something damaging to your claim to the insurance carrier. Never accept an insurance companies first offer. Focus on your recovery.
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP Represent Victims of NJ Turnpike Accidents
If you or someone you love has suffered catastrophic injury in a Turnpike accident, contact an experienced New Jersey turnpike accident lawyer at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP today at 732-777-0100 or contact us online. We provide free consultations to clients throughout the state from our offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey.