The Roosevelt Boulevard is a major road that runs through North and Northeast Philadelphia. Beginning at the Schuylkill Expressway by the popular Fairmount Park this road quickly develops from a small surface street to a massive twelve-lane divided highway. This road not only is extensive but it also has an extensive history as it was part of the first road that cut across the United States, the Lincoln Highway. The Roosevelt Boulevard has numerous junctions providing motorists the opportunity to get on and off the highway. Some of the notable junctions include:
- PA 611
- US 13
- PA 232
- US 13
- PA 73
- PA 63
- US 1
However, while this road may cut across these roads, two intersections, in particular, are notable, as they have at times been declared some of the most dangerous intersections in the country. The Intersections at Red Lion Road and Grant Avenue caused the City of Philadelphia to install the first red light cameras back in 2004 as a means of monitoring the numerous accidents.
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.
Truck Accident Causes and Risks to Drivers
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that there are 15.5 million trucks operating on our roads. Sadly, there are numerous truck accidents every day across the country and by some estimates one person is killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. However, some sources report that truck drivers and large trucks are three times less likely to be in an accident than a regular motor vehicle. While this may provide some with comfort, others will not be comforted to know that when these vehicles are in an accident there is a significantly increased risk of injury and even death. Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Substance abuse
- Equipment failure and poor inspection
This short list highlights some of the dangers that truck drivers pose to other drivers. Amongst this list, the most notable are fatigued driving. While states have routinely addressed moving violations and enacted legislation designed to regulate drivers, fatigue has become such a problem that the federal government enacted legislation aimed at addressing and remedying drivers who are too fatigued to safely be behind the wheel. Currently, these “hours of service” rules for truck drivers require that drivers take breaks at certain points as to avoid driving while overly fatigued. However, these factors are not the only reason behind truck accidents. Passenger vehicles are often the cause of accidents with trucks, and some of the driving behaviors that can lead to accidents include:
- Changing lanes abruptly or improper merging
- Unsafe passing
- Driving in a blind spot
When you are sharing the road with a truck you should be aware that because of the size of their vehicle and the time it takes them to stop that even the most alert truck driver is not always able to avoid an accident.
Contact a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer If You Have Been Seriously Injured on Roosevelt Boulevard
If you have suffered severe injuries, incurred medical expenses, or lost a loved one as a result of an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle. The lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.