Getting into a car wreck is always a stressful event, but an accident involving a commercial truck can be more than stressful - it can be catastrophic. The reason is based on simple physics. One vehicle weighs significantly more than the other, takes longer to stop and has more momentum when crashing into another vehicle. Passengers within the considerably smaller car can suffer from serious injuries when these two vehicles collide.
In the United States, freight is mainly transported by trucks. It comes as no surprise that trucks make up 4.7 percent of all passenger vehicles. Shockingly, 12.4 percent of all fatal crashes involve trucks. In a truck accident, the people in the other vehicle stand very little chance. Statistics document that the majority of fatalities in truck accidents are the people in a car involved in the accident, not the truck.
A 54-year-old Tennessee mother and grandmother died after been hit by a garbage truck at 9.30 a.m. on a recent Friday morning. It is reported that the driver of the garbage truck stopped at a red traffic light. When the light changed to green, he turned right at the intersection. At this point, the victim was busy crossing the road and was in the crosswalk when the truck hit her. The truck driver was put on administrative leave without pay after the truck accident and will not be allowed to drive a city vehicle until the city physician has cleared him.
A Tennessee accident on a recent Tuesday evening during the last week of January did not only leave one woman critically injured, it also killed her unborn child. The father of the baby has been left devastated by the truck accident. Not only does he have to deal with the loss of his unborn child, but his mother was also fatally injured in the crash.
After any accident, there are many legal and procedural requirements that can make filing a claim for injuries suffered a difficult process. When the vehicle involved is a truck, the case can become even more complicated. In Tennessee, the victim of a truck accident may find that not only may it be necessary to consider federal regulations, but if they do not act quickly, the company owning the truck may be working on a defense within hours after the accident.
Following up on our blog post about a tragic truck accident on Aug. 14 (Truck accident kills 18-year-old, injures infant), a federal lawsuit was recently filed by the mother of the 18-year-old woman who lost her life in the Tennessee accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer, along with the owner of the vehicle were named as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff accuses the defendants of negligence in performing a left-hand turn that was illegal, and thereby causing the truck accident that led to the death of the young mother of an infant.
A tragic accident in which an 18-year-old girl died and her two passengers were injured happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon in August. The accident led to the closure of a Tennessee highway and the redirection of traffic through a nearby town. The truck accident, which was allegedly caused by reckless driving, happened just before 1:30 p.m.
During the second week of June, a teenager died tragically after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. The Tennessee truck accident happened shortly after 11 o’clock in front of a truck stop along Highway 46. Although all fatal accidents are tragic, when the victim is so very young it seems so much worse.
Truck accidents in the state of Tennessee have been known to result in serious injuries. Recently, the driver of a flatbed truck was seriously injured after his truck was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer. The truck accident happened on a Tuesday afternoon and occurred on Interstate 40 in the vicinity of the Strawberry Plains interchange.
Tennessee authorities reported that two men died in an accident during the early evening on a Saturday at the end of February. The accident between a semi truck and a sedan also left one person injured. According to reports the truck accident happened when the semi truck hit the sedan from rear.