According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there's no one single factor that causes truck crashes to occur. There are certain ones that expose motorists to more serious injuries than others, though.
A 28-year-old South Dakota truck driver was cited on Oct. 3 for causing a crash along Interstate 40 that ended up sending a family of four to a Knoxville hospital. The crash occurred right before 3:30 p.m., along the intersection of 17th Street and I-40, an area located just east of Alcoa Highway.
Despite efforts by government agencies and lawmakers to reduce trucking accidents in the nation, they continue to occur, killing and injuring thousands of Americans. When you consider the vast number of large trucks registered to operate in the country, it is surprising that more people do not suffer in such an accident. The following data may illustrate this point.
An interview late last month with firefighters working with the Knoxville Fire Department revealed why it may take them a little longer than it should to respond to calls for assistance. They often drive much slower than they'd otherwise have to in an effort to make sure that they don't collide with distracted drivers.
As you may already know, a law requiring truckers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) went into effect near the end of 2017. The government believes that ELDs will keep truckers from driving too many hours, thus reducing truck driver fatigue as well as trucking accidents. In order to be an acceptable device, an ELD should have the following features.
Government at the state and federal levels recognize the injury risks associated with trucking accidents. While most people only hear about regulations aimed at preventing distracted, exhausted and intoxicated driving, the physical health of truck drivers is just as important as driving safely. As such, the law requires that all truck drivers in Tennessee and elsewhere meet certain requirements.
It is impossible to overemphasize the devastation victims of trucking accidents often suffer. These motor vehicles are massive when compared to ordinary cars and pickup trucks. A collision between these vehicles nearly always means one or more people will suffer catastrophic injuries and in some cases, death.
When large commercial trucks get into accidents with consumer vehicles, the results are often devastating. Unfortunately for many drivers, the widespread prevalence of large commercial trucks throughout our highways and interstates leads many drivers to grow a little too comfortable when sharing the road, and they may not always remain aware of the risks of driving near commercial vehicles. When these accidents do occur, the victims often do not know how to respond or how to protect themselves in the aftermath.
An underride crash occurs when a vehicle slides underneath a large truck, such as a tractor-trailer, in a collision. According to a report the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 114 fatalities in underride crashes in Tennessee from 1994 to 2015. While that number might not be as high as you might expect, it is too high for those families who have lost a loved one in an underride crash.
Truck drivers all over Tennessee and the country are required to complete a document known as the trucking log. This document is kept on a clipboard in every truck that hits the roads and must be filled out by the driver on a regular basis. So, why is the trucking log such an important document? We will tackle this question in today's post.