Running for 132 miles as part of the Interstate Highway system, this road is technically an auxiliary route to the larger Interstate 76. This road also encompasses the entirety of the Mid-County Expressway which is also known as the Blue Route as well as the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Interstate 476 connects or runs through the following towns, communities, counties, and regions:
- Lehigh Valley
- Wyoming Valley
- West Conshohocken
- Plymouth Meeting
- Delaware County
- Montgomery County
This road Intersects with many major roads including:
- Interstate 76 – the Schuylkill Expressway
- Interstate 276 – the Pennsylvania Turnpike
- U.S Route 22
- Interstate 80
In its past, it has been called “the most costly, most bitterly opposed highway in Pennsylvania history” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. However, while the negative feelings about this road may have diminished since its completion, it does not suggest that this road is known for safety. A recent accident in October highlights the danger that trucks can pose to drivers on the road. On October 25, 2016, multiple tractor-trailers and cars were involved in an accident close to Pennsylvania route 511. No serious injuries were thankfully reported from this accident, however, this type of accident serves as a warning to drivers to be diligent when they are on the road.
Major Causes of Truck Accidents in Pennsylvania
Nearly 90 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error—either on behalf of a truck driver, other drivers, other vehicle passengers, cyclists or pedestrians. Some of the other major causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Speeding and Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Mechanical issues and system failure
- Defective truck equipment
- Inexperienced and inadequately trained drivers
- Reckless driving and unsafe lane changing
- Failure to maintain proper distance
If you have been injured or suffered property damage from an accident involving a truck or other large commercial vehicle you need a team of attorneys at your side to help you fight against the big trucking companies and their scare-tactic attempts to reduce their own liability.
What Compensation can I receive from a Truck Accident?
According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are about 500,000 trucking accidents every year, and sadly about 5,000 of these accidents result in a fatality.
You may be compensated for the following:
- Medical expenses – medical expenses can be by far the biggest expense incident to a truck accident. Doctor’s bills can easily run tens of thousands of dollars. However, under the personal injury laws in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses in the past, as well as future medical expenses related to the accident.
- Lost wages – Many times after an accident people will need time to recover from their injuries. While this may be minor in some cases, in other accidents, it can require that an injured party miss days, weeks, months, or even years of work. While there are disability systems in place, they often do not compensate a person for all of their lost wages.
- Pain and suffering – In addition to compensation for medical expenses, you may also seek compensation for pain and suffering. Pennsylvania allows those who are injured as a result of willful or negligent actions to receive pain and suffering payments. The court will look at the extent of an injured person’s pain, physical impairment, duration of their pain, and whether or not their pain is permanent when they are determining compensation for pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death – A wrongful death action seeks to compensate the bereaved family in the event that their loved one loses their life in an accident due to negligence, unlawful violence, neglect, or a wrongful act of another.
These are just some of the categories of compensation you may be entitled to following a truck accident. If you have been injured in an accident on Interstate 476, then you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.
Injured in a Tractor-Trailer Accident on Interstate 476 and Need a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, you may be entitled to damages. Commercial trucks large size and significant weight often mean that the injuries inflicted are significantly worse than those typically suffered in other accidents. The truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.