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.
Zombie attacks may not be a common excuse offered to police in Tennessee, but after a multi-car accident in California, it was the excuse law enforcement received from the young man who caused the accident. The driver, who may have been operating a stolen big rig under the influence of some sort of hallucinogenic drug, told police that zombies were the cause of his collisions with other vehicles on a California freeway. The police didn't buy his excuse, and the suspect is now facing multiple charges in connection with the truck accident.The young man, who had hitched a ride with a professional truck driver who was transporting strawberries cross-country, apparently stole the truck after the driver exited the vehicle during an inspection. The 19-year-old drove the vehicle wildly in an attempt to shake off the zombies he later claimed were clinging to the vehicle. During these bizarre maneuvers, the suspect rammed into several vehicles, causing severe injury to some of their occupants.
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.
Long hours, bad roads, and hectic schedules. The work life of an oil and gas employee has never been conducive to relaxing stability; that much is certain. However, a new study has revealed that the strain of working for a well-service, refinery, rigging, or oil transportation company has a stark and sobering impact on one's safety while behind the wheel.