Truck Accidents on U.S. Turnpikes
The term “turnpike” is usually used to refer to a toll road. Large commercial vehicles often use these roads to transport goods across the country. There are a number of turnpikes throughout the United States, including:
- New Jersey Turnpike
- Ohio Turnpike
- Pennsylvania Turnpike
- West Virginia Turnpike
- Florida’s Turnpike
Because of the convenience of these turnpikes, they are commonly used for the transport of goods by the commercial trucking industry. As a result, large trucks share turnpikes with smaller motor vehicles. When turnpike accidents happen, the cause may be truck driver fatigue, careless driving, failure of parts on the commercial vehicle, or dangerous conditions on the turnpike itself. In the aftermath of a major turnpike or highway accident, it is important to investigate whether the road itself contributed to the turnpike crash. If so, a government agency or private maintenance company may be named as a defendant in the crash victim’s legal claim for compensation.
Long Island’s Hempstead Turnpike frequently appears in lists naming the country’s “most dangerous turnpikes” due to the density of vehicle and pedestrian traffic and the high number of turnpike traffic accidents, including overturned trucks and head-on collisions.
What You Should Know About Talking to Insurance Companies After a Turnpike Accident
If you are contacted by a representative from the trucking company’s insurer after a turnpike truck accident, do not give a recorded statement and do not speak to the representative unless you have an attorney present. This simple step is critical to protecting your rights.
Insurers may seem as though they are there to help you, but don’t be fooled. Their main goal is to limit their own legal and financial exposure. They often do this by twisting truck accident injury victims’ words to deny responsibility or to minimize their injuries.
Learn more about what to do — and not do — after a truck accident.
Experienced Lawyers for Turnpike Truck Accidents
If you have been injured in a turnpike accident, talking with an experienced legal team is critical to protecting your rights. At Greenberg & Stone, our trial lawyers have helped thousands of people across Florida and nationwide get justice after serious accidents. When our lawyers represent someone who was injured in a truck accident, we handle every aspect of your claim. When you become our client, we will contact the insurance companies involved and inform them that you are represented by our office. We will tell insurers to contact us directly so that you do not have to worry about them. We investigate the case with help from our Rapid Response Team, evaluate and preserve the evidence, and interview witnesses. When preparing your case for court, we try to tell the story of your accident in the most effective way — so a jury can see who you are and how this injury has impacted your life and your family.
Learn More About Our Law Firm
Greenberg & Stone is an AV-rated* personal injury law firm headquartered in Florida. We have a nationwide law practice with assistance from a network of local associate law firms. We invite you to learn more about our law firm or find answers to frequent questions about truck accidents. You may also want to read summaries of past truck accident cases our lawyers have handled. To speak with one of our attorneys directly, call 888-499-9700.
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