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.
Thirty-one percent of all large-truck accidents occur as a result of head-on collisions, followed by 19 percent where another vehicle is rear-ended by the truck. The number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes peaked in 2012 at 77,000, the highest level since 2006, according to the NHTSA report. Around 72 percent of all fatalities in large-truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles than the truck, with another 11 percent accounted for by pedestrians and bystanders.
Truck drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident resulting from impaired driving. Only 2 percent of all truckers involved in an accident nationally showed blood alcohol concentrations of above .08 percent, compared to 23 percent of drivers in passenger vehicles. Truckers are also far less likely to have received a previous conviction for DWI or had their license suspended or revoked previously.
After a truck accident, an attorney might consider reports from the scene to help in determining liability for the accident. The attorney may also look at the driver’s maintenance and running logs, inspection reports and recalls on critical truck parts to see if any might have been faulty. The attorney may then request compensation from the driver, the trucking company or the manufacturer of any faulty truck parts commensurate with the type and severity of injuries sustained in the accident.