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Oct 18, 2013 |

PUTTING A HALT ON PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE SPEED LIMIT INCREASE

Oct 18, 2013 - Truck Accidents

The initial investigation after an incident is not only important for those involved but is also crucial for the loved ones of those affected and the local authorities. Following a truck accident, it needs to be understood what caused the incident and whether or not a driver was at fault. The condition of the roads can play a major role in the accident whether it is the weather conditions, the speed limit or the design of the roadways.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently debating the speed limit on the turnpike. State representatives were seeking to introduce a bill to raise the speed limit from 65 miles-per-hour to 70 mph. Because most states allow for maximum speeds over 65 mph, they believed that by increasing the speeds would improve the delivery of goods through the state and the traffic flow.

Traffic safety and trucking industry experts are seeking to put a halt to this plan to raise the speed limit on the turnpike. It was noted that increasing speeds increases fuel consumption and costs. Moreover, increasing speeds creates a greater chance for accidents to occur, especially when distractions and using cellphone while driving is an increasing problem.

Lastly, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers might not be able to handle the speed increase. Even if it is determined that these massive vehicles can handle the speed increase, increasing might cause vehicles to travel at speeds well above the new speed limit. This could lead to a serious accident involving numerous vehicles traveling on the turnpike.

Following a truck accident, investigators seek to determine the cause and fault. If speed is determined to be the issue, the negligent driver could be liable for the resulting damages and injuries. A personal injury suit could follow the collision and could cover expenses such as medical bills and pain and suffering.

A truck collision could seriously affect several drivers and passengers on the road. Although a negligent driver who is speeding or not paying attention could cause a crash, lawmakers often control the speeds of the road and the safety for drivers. If it is proven that these conditions are dangerous, changes might need to be made, especially if speed is an issue.

Source: WPXI, “Pennsylvania lawmakers debate turnpike speed limit,” Oct. 12, 2013

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