Tractor-Trailer Accident Statistics in East Tennessee

Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics | Tractor Trailer Lawyers

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Traffic accidents are an unfortunate fact of life and they occur at a startling rate. Although some accidents cannot be avoided, most happen because of drivers’ negligence or carelessness. When tractor-trailers carrying thousands of pounds worth of cargo share Tennessee’s roads with cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, and other passenger vehicles, any collision can have serious results.

If the injuries you have suffered are due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else on the road, you may have a case to recover damages, and our Morristown personal injury lawyers at The Terry Law Firm are here to assist with every aspect of your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents represent a serious problem to all drivers. The facts speak for themselves. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes annual statistics on truck accidents by compiling information from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).

The “Summary of Large Trucks and Buses Involved in Crashes” report identifies the number of large trucks and buses reported in fatal, non-fatal, injury, tow away, and hazardous materials placard crashes. Nationwide, there were 147,533 large trucks involved in crashes in 2007, with more than 4,500 of them involved in fatal crashes. In Tennessee alone, there were 146 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2007.

The Tennessee Dept of Safety, Office of Research, Statistics, and Analysis in January 2009 released this table of actions by the drivers of large trucks (those weighing over 10,000 pounds under gross vehicle weight rating) in Tennessee traffic crashes:

  • Inattentive: 202
  • Interfered with by passenger: 3
  • Driving left of center: 86
  • Driving wrong way on one-way roadway: 6
  • Failure to comply with license restrictions: 9
  • Failure to keep in proper lane or running off road: 1,048
  • Failure to yield right of way: 623
  • Failure to obey traffic controls: 122
  • Failure to observe warnings or instructions: 55
  • Failure to signal intentions: 19
  • Failure to use lights: 4
  • Following improperly: 829
  • Improper backing: 354
  • Improper lane changing: 501
  • Improper passing: 57
  • Improper turn: 352
  • Improperly towing or pushing vehicle: 11
  • Improperly carrying hazardous cargo: 2
  • Improper loading of vehicle cargo or passengers: 55
  • Operator inexperience: 60
  • Operating without required equipment: 6
  • Over correcting: 88
  • Careless or erratic driving: 215
  • Reckless or negligent driving: 91
  • Speed too fast: 170
  • Speed too slow: 5
  • Vision obstructed: 120
  • Using telephone or two-way radio: 7

We Understand Trucking Laws & How They Will Affect Your Case

Our Morristown truck accident attorneys at The Terry Law Firm understand that, in addition to the increased likelihood of serious injury and fatality, the unique dangers posed by truck accidents can be made worse depending on the nature of the truck itself and of the freight that the truck is carrying. We have truck collision case experience and know how laws unique to the trucking industry will affect your case.

Let us start work on your case as soon as possible. Contact our firm at (423) 586-5800 today and schedule a free initial consultation.