Truck Accidents in Tennessee

The numbers are holding steady at around 1.5 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for the traffic fatality rate reported in the state of Tennessee for the last decade. This is not too bad with the national average at around 1.14. However, the number of trucks involved in fatal traffic accidents increased from 104 (2012) to 119 (2013), roughly a 14% increase.

Truck accidents are always considered with trepidation because it is so often serious. Large trucks that regularly ply the nation’s highways are particularly hazardous to the health of smaller fellow travelers because the trucks are so big and heavy. Moreover, truck drivers are also more likely to be highly skilled but less careful than the average motorist because of the number of hours they are on the road. According to the website of truck accident lawyers Ronald J. Resmini LTD., truck accident victims typically experience traumatic physical and emotional trauma, huge financial expenses, and other life-changing consequences.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is keeping tabs on these accidents from year to year to gather data they can use to further improve the safety regulations imposed on truck and other commercial vehicle drivers as well as their employers. While there has been some success, many truckers and trucking companies find a way to circumvent these regulations in the interest of making more money. In general they are able to avoid accidents but the few who do succumb to illness, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, or even mobile madness are unfortunately more than enough for major destruction.

Truck accidents may be explainable but not excusable. An exhausted, sick, or impaired driver has no business sitting behind the wheel of any vehicle, let alone a large truck. If you have been seriously injured because the truck driver exercised poor judgment in getting behind the wheel, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Find out more when you consult with an excellent personal injury lawyer.