The economy of Tennessee, and our country as a whole, is spurred by the volume of 18-wheelers on the road. The more trucks you see, the better the economy is performing. As important as these trucks are, they can also be quite dangerous if not operated properly. Here are some common causes of 18-wheeler accidents.
Have you ever been traveling in the interstate -- perhaps to visit some loved ones on a holiday weekend -- and giant big rig passes you buy with an obnoxious advertisement plastered on the side of it? These logos could in fact affect the liability of a truck driver and his or her employer in the event of a serious auto accident.
Many people outside the trucking industry may not realize that truck drivers are recognized by commercial and government agencies if they have an excellent driving record. One Midwestern man has driven for millions of miles without a truck accident, and he was awarded the Owner Operator of the Year award from the Truckload Carriers Association. The man, who has driven through Tennessee and, presumably, most other states in the nation, has driven for 2.3 million miles accident-free.
Legal experts say that the new government administration's decrees under President Trump could lead to fewer rules for speed limiters in big-rig trucks. Proposed rules require speed limiters on certain types of trucks, and these limiters have proven useful in preventing deadly 18-wheeler crashes. One of the White House's first actions in 2017 was to bar federal agencies from enacting new regulations. The speed-limiting issue was first proposed in September. Other rules for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have also been halted, with regulations governing national driver training standards now being delayed.
Big-rig crashes: They are scary possibilities for every Tennessee driver who spends time on our state's roads. The fact is that 18-wheeler crashes are notorious for their severity, often leaving victims with serious injuries that are difficult to recover from. Now, new technology promises to reduce the number of these dangerous incidents, as vehicles learn to actually "talk" to each other and prevent crashes.
Semi truck drivers have to be safe as they transport their loads from one location to another. The safety of themselves and others on the roads depend on this. Unfortunately, semi truck accidents with passenger vehicles do occur. When these occur, injuries or death are likely.
Many people have heard about the common dangers associated with commercial trucks. These include drivers who are working with little sleep and trucks that haven't properly been maintained. However, there's another potential danger -- the increase in senior and even elderly drivers.
An accident reported at around 3 p.m. on a recent Friday in November resulted in at least one explosion and the death of three victims. The truck accident resulted in the closure of the westbound lanes of a Tennessee highway. The highway was only reopened at approximately 9:45 p.m. the same evening, after seven hours of work by the clean-up crews.
An automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer has claimed the life of a Chambersburg hometown hero who bravely served our country both domestically and abroad. The Army scout, who was a veteran of multiple tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was struck by a tractor-trailer while traveling through Tennessee.
One often reads about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence, but seldom of another lesser known danger -- drowsy driving. A driver who has had too little sleep is a danger on the road. Many Tennessee readers likely recall the truck accident in which comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured. Lack of sleep on the part of the driver was ruled the root cause of the accident.