It is an unfortunate reality that, despite many advances in technology and nationwide efforts to raise awareness, each year hundreds of thousands of Americans die in motor vehicle accidents. The types of accidents that can be the deadliest are those that involve large trucks, such as semi-trucks. One effort to prevent these types of accidents is the imposition of regulations and requirements that truck drivers in Tennessee and nationwide are supposed to comply with.
Our readers in Tennessee may not know that the vast majority of civil lawsuits, including personal injury lawsuits, do not proceed all the way to a trial in front of a judge or jury. In fact, most cases are resolved through out-of-court settlement negotiations and mediation.
Tennessee residents see large trucks on the roads and highways of our state all the time, but they probably don't think of the potential devastation that could be caused if such a vehicle is involved in a collision with a car or other passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, the fact is that truck accidents happen in America more frequently than anyone would like, which forces families in Tennessee to stay aggressive in their pursuit of a legal remedy in the aftermath of such an incident.
There are a lot of winding roads in Tennessee's rural areas, but there are plenty of city streets as well. What do all of these roads have in common? Heavy-haul trucks use them to deliver goods throughout the state and the country as a whole. While most of the drivers of these "big rigs" are well-trained and are good at their jobs, there are, unfortunately, some who, either through negligence or recklessness, place the lives of other drivers at risk.
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.