Can technology reduce driver negligence and prevent accidents?

There is a high volume of traffic on many of Pennsylvania’s highways and roads. Some of that traffic may include commercial vehicles transporting goods locally or for interstate commerce. Unfortunately, accidents involving big vehicles, whether they are trucks or tractor-trailers, can cause large destruction and shut down traffic for hours. 

In a recent example, a box truck collided with a tractor-trailer on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near milepost 53.1. One of the drivers suffered fatal injuries. The crash also closed both northbound lanes for several hours. 

Is it safe driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? Authorities at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are certainly making efforts to improve the safety of this busy highway. The PTC recently entered into a data-sharing partnership with a navigation app called Waze. The app provides real-time information about traffic and is designed as a two-way data share. One interface option is a travel conditions map.

PTC authorities hope the partnership will help drivers make more informed choices. At a minimum, the app will allow drivers to have real-time information about road conditions, construction alerts, potential weather conditions affecting travel, estimated travel times based on traffic flow, and other driver aids. 

A motor vehicle accident can change a person’s life forever. The high velocity of traffic on the Turnpike can translate into serious injuries in the event of a collision. The new Waze app may help drivers to be safer, but even technology might not be able to eradicate negligent driving. If you have suffered because of another driver’s negligence, our law firm can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. 

Source: WMFZ News, “Fatal accident shuts down Pennsylvania Turnpike,” May 4, 2015