A recent accident on the New Jersey Turnpike resulted in injuries to seven individuals, six of them requiring medical attention at area hospitals. One lane of traffic was shut down for a time. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. When hundreds or thousands of vehicles are traveling at high speeds, accidents happen. By practicing safe driving habits, you can, though, reduce your chances of being involved in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike or any other high-speed road.
- Follow at a safe distance. On congested roadways, this can be difficult, but do your best to leave adequate stopping distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you are cut off by another vehicle, adjust to again allow space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Regularly scan the road ahead. Be aware of vehicles with their brake lights on. Notice obstacles in the roadway. Be aware of any drivers who are swerving or who might otherwise cause a danger to you or other vehicles on the road. Adjust your driving accordingly.
- Use your blinker appropriately. If you are changing lanes or exiting the turnpike, let other drivers know. Before switching lanes, carefully check the lane to make sure there is room for your vehicle.
- Drive in the appropriate lane. Generally, the slower you are traveling, the farther to the right you should drive.
- Avoid being in another vehicle’s blind spot, especially semis or other large vehicles which may have trouble seeing you.
- Be respectful of other drivers. If someone is trying to enter the turnpike, if needed, adjust your speed or switch lanes to allow the driver a safer entry. If you see someone wants to get in your lane, do not speed up or slow down to make it difficult for the driver.
- Avoid other distractions, including cell phones, changing radio stations, driving while tired, or any other activity which will take your eyes or your mind off the road.
Unfortunately, even if you are a careful driver, others on the road may not be as cautious. If you were injured in an automobile accident, contact us to learn how a New Jersey accident lawyer can help you.