The idea of a fatigued or sleeping driver handling a semi-tractor trailer is certainly a dreadful thought for many Tennessee motorists. Drowsy driving accidents often occur at high speeds and cause catastrophic injuries. Federal regulations place strict limits on how long bus and truck drivers can spend behind the wheel before they are required to rest; however, the paper logs used to record driver hours have been widely criticized.
Tennessee motorists may find it interesting to learn about a new technology that would allow drivers to "see through" large trucks ahead of them on the roadway and know when it is safe to pass them. The concept was developed by the South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung.
On April 14, a 21-year-old Smyrna woman was fatally injured when a big rig collided with her car on State Route 840 in Smyrna, according to reports. No one else was injured in the accident.
Tennessee accounted for approximately 7.8 percent of all accidents resulting in death in 2012, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Truck accident injury and death are common where a large truck and smaller passenger vehicles collide, and weekday crashes during the day account for 78 percent of all large truck accidents.
Motorists in Tennessee may be unaware of the available technological advances that assist drivers with decreasing their reaction times, thus reducing their risk of involvement in motor vehicle collisions. Many of these are currently available as options people can choose to add when they are purchasing a new vehicle, but the government does not currently mandate that manufacturers include them as standard features.
A six-vehicle accident on a Tennessee interstate has claimed the lives of two people. The chain-reaction vehicle collision on May 2 also sent two others to the hospital and caused a substantial traffic jam that backed up the road for miles.
A semi-truck driver who caused a multi-vehicle accident was found guilty of misdemeanor charges. Two passengers of a vehicle involved in the accident died from their injuries.
Residents of Tennessee may have heard about a bus wreck near the Atlanta airport that has so far not resulted in criminal charges against either driver. Two of the passengers of the bus were treated by emergency staff at Grady Memorial Hospital for serious injuries. Sixteen other occupants of the bus were taken to that hospital and Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Despite the extent of damage to the bus and all passengers being thrown by the impact, no injuries were reported to be life threatening.
The American Trucking Associations recently put forth an argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The ATA is requesting the three-judge panel reverse the new regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2011, which were implemented in an attempt to curb truck driver fatigue. The new regulations are set to go into effect on July 1.The ATA posits that the changes the FMCSA put into place were baseless and were done with an agenda in mind. The ATA also charges that the new regulations would seriously impact drivers' ability to effectively coordinate their schedules.