The Schuylkill Expressway cuts through both Montgomery County and the City of Philadelphia and runs from a four to eight lane highway and runs along the Schuylkill River where it got its name from. Some of the major junctions that make the Schuylkill Expressway dangerous to motorists include:
- Interstate 76
- Interstate 276
- US 202
- Interstate 476
- US 1
- US 13
- US 30
- Interstate 676
- US 30
- PA 611
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 76
Traffic conditions on this road can be downright brutal and PennDOT recently announced their plans to resolve some of the traffic congestion as a result of a study conducted in 2014.
Schuylkill Expressway Accidents
Driving on the Schuylkill Expressway can be downright stressful. With the number of drivers all vying for space on the road, driving on a major road such as this one is not always as safe as we would hope. However, drivers are not only sharing road space with other passenger vehicles who are trying to get to their destinations but are also sharing the road with commercial vehicles who are trying to get to their delivery points. While trucks are important to all of our industries, they also pose significant threats to drivers on the road. Accidents with trucks are unfortunately common on the Schuylkill Expressway, some of the most common reasons for truck accidents on this road can be attributed to:
- Truck driver fatigue – Truck driver fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents, and out of the nearly 4,000 fatalities every year many of these accidents can be attributed to drivers being fatigued. This problem has been so systemic in the trucking industry that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted regulations to limit the amount of time a truck driver can be behind the wheel. Their rationale for enacting these regulations was that after intensive study, driver fatigue correlated to a significantly higher rate of accidents and driver errors.
- Poor or improper truck maintenance – Trucks are massive vehicles that require regular maintenance and care. While the average driver will drive for about 10,000 to 15,000 miles in a year, the average truck driver will be on the road for 2,000 to 3,000 miles per week. This means that their vehicles need to be regularly inspected and cared for. However, in an effort to cut costs or in an effort by the driver to stay on the road, maintenance issues can go ignored. Unfortunately, equipment failure in a vehicle that can weigh several times more than a standard vehicle can be disastrous.
- Distracted Driving – Distracted drivers are a hazard not only to themselves but also to everyone who is on the road with them. It can be unnerving to see a person driving next to us texting on their phone or engaging in some other non-driving related behavior. However, it can be deadly if a truck driver is not paying diligent attention to the road.
- Speeding – As you increase your speed on the road, you also increase your risk of accidents and injuries. While it is dangerous for anyone to speed, it is even more dangerous when a tractor-trailer speeds. Speeding itself is not always the cause of an accident, rather the distance and time it takes a commercial vehicle to come to a complete stop can cause an accident. While it takes a small car or pickup truck about 316 feet to come to a complete stop when they are driving at 65 miles an hour, it can take up to 525 feet for a tractor-trailer to come to a complete stop at this speed. As the speed increases the distance it takes a truck to stop also increases, which means that even if a driver is paying attention, they will not be able to readily avoid an accident if they are speeding.
Causes of truck accidents can vary greatly, and these factors only represent some of the common factors that lead to accidents on the Schuylkill Expressway. Some other factors that lead to accidents on this heavily traveled road include the sheer amount of drivers on the road, weather conditions, and changing traffic patterns due to construction.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney To Fight For You
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.