Tennessee Truck Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 826 trucking related fatalities in Tennessee in 2006. A truck accident can damage lives and property; what's more, these accidents are complex to investigate and litigate due to large numbers of involved parties and complicated laws.
Who Is At Fault?
Why are truck accidents so complicated? Liability can be clouded in a trucking accident. The truck's driver, the driver's employer, the truck's manufacturer, and even the manufacturers of truck brakes, tires, and headlights can be involved. And there's more. Weather conditions, drug or alcohol use, driver fatigue, and time of day can all influence who is to blame for a Tennessee truck accident.
Trucker fatigue is a huge contributing factor in truck accidents, and Tennessee truck accidents are no exception. Studies have found that accidents caused due to trucker fatigue cost billions of dollars every year and legislative battles have failed to reduce the number of allowable trucker hours, doubtless contributing to the high number of truck accidents each year.
Tennessee Insurance and Licensing Regulations
Regardless of who is at fault in a truck accident, Tennessee truck drivers are bound to federal and state regulations. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) both oversee trucking and interstate commerce on the national level, while Tennessee laws also apply. Federal rules state that truck drivers must carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance and up to $5,000,000 if hazardous materials are being hauled.
If You Are in a Trucking Accident
Truck drivers aren't the only ones at risk in trucking accidents. Drivers of vehicles that crash into or collide with trucks seldom get away from a truck accident without serious injuries. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Tennessee, collect as much information as possible and contact a lawyer experienced with Tennessee's truck accident laws. Your Tennessee truck accident lawyer can help you determine where to file a claim and what kind of damages to seek. An experienced attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries and expenses such as future medical care and attorney's fees.
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