Car accidents are a major cause of death in this country, and we must do everything we can to prevent these tragedies. Many are surprised to learn that a lot of accidents occur at tollways. Learn how you can keep yourself and other drivers safer next time you drive through a tollway and contact an Illinois lawyer if you’ve been injured in a tollway accident.
Many people assume tollbooths are relatively safe stretches of the roadway because everyone is traveling at slower speeds or stopped completely. In reality, tollbooths are an abrupt change in traffic flow that can be confusing and dangerous for drivers who are unfamiliar or unfocused. Additionally, every vehicle sharing the road must pass through a toll booth so there a lot of cars, trucks, and opportunities for mistakes.
In March of these year, an unmanned New Hampshire toll booth was destroyed when a tractor trailer drove through it unexpectedly.
You can help keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers safer when you go through toll booths if you keep a couple of simple safety tips in mind.
- Stay Focused – even though you are driving slowly or may be at a complete stop in line for a toll booth, pay careful attention. You never know which way you will be directed, or which booths are open for service and which are not. Perhaps more importantly, you don’t know how a confused driver in a neighboring lane may react. Keep your eyes on everyone around you and don’t assume that because you are going slowly you are out of danger.
- Plan Ahead – Reduce stress and distractions when going through toll booths by being prepared. Have money or your pass ready so that you can keep your eyes and your mind on the road. If you don’t have money and are unprepared, don’t panic. You will still be able to pass and will likely get a bill in the mail, depending on the regulations of the state or municipality that owns the toll booth you had to drive through.
As always when operating a motor vehicle, minimize distractions and keep your eyes on the road. If you’ve been injured in a tollway accident contact an Illinois lawyer at (312) 236-2900 to discuss your case. You don’t have to go through the trauma of an accident, injury, or lawsuit alone. Our dedicated staff is ready to do whatever we can to help you get the compensation you deserve.