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Government rules address trucker fatigue

Any time that you find yourself next to a semi truck on the road in Tennessee, you are instantly reminded of just how much bigger than any other vehicle these big rigs really are. Regardless of whether you drive a coupe or a full-sized pickup truck, you know that if you were to be involved in a crash involving a semi truck, you would be at great risk of injury or even death simply because of the size and weight differential of your vehicles.

Texting and driving: truckers are also at fault

The majority of America is likely aware of the major distraction cell phones can create for drivers. Yet many do not consider that issue when applied to truck drivers -- those who frequent Tennessee's roads more than any other type of traveller. Even though they may be the most familiar with these roads, are truckers also guilty of texting and driving?

Common truck tire issues that lead to accidents

When it comes to truck accidents, many people in the Knoxville area believe that they are caused by distracted, fatigued and speeding truckers. Many of them do not realize that distractions and fatigue are not the only reasons commercial vehicle operators crash. Some accidents are the result of maintenance issues. In 2015, there were 3,852 truck accident fatalities, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

Solar eclipse may lead to increase in truck accidents

Distracted motorists are a growing concern for Knoxville truckers. Many people assume that trucks operate like passenger cars. They do not realize that these vehicles take much more work and time to operate. Sudden reductions in speed and stops often prove catastrophic. Commercial vehicles carry heavy loads and are at risk of colliding with motorists and falling over. Truck accidents are not always the fault of the operators. Sometimes, it is the motorists who are to blame. 

Who can I sue if I am hurt in a truck accident?

The mere thought of being involved in a collision with a truck while driving on the roads in Knoxville is frightening. When you think about how large trucks are, the weight of the loads they carry, speed and other factors, the fact that you are still alive after such an ordeal is amazing. Because of the accident, you may find yourself stressing about how you will pay your medical expenses, household bills and other financial obligations since your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to work. You may also be wondering who you can sue for compensation to help lighten the financial burden and stress you are under. 

Some carriers misclassify drivers as independent contractors

In Tennessee, the so-called ABC test is utilized for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Every employer needs to know the appropriate classificatio of its workers. When they hire independent contractors, employers are usually able to reduce their expenses and taxes, and avoid liability and compliance with certain federal programs. However, the test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor is not one of mere labelling but rather one that requires an analysis of the actual relationship between the parties, especially the degree of control exercised by the employer, as well as the manner in which services are performed.

Who is liable: the trucker or the carrier?

Say that you are traveling along one of the roads in or around Knoxville, and you are suddenly struck by a large semi-truck. You or your passengers, and given the massive size of the vehicle that struck you, there is likely significant damage to your own car. Suddenly, you are looking at medical expenses and repair costs which could easily exceed your auto insurance coverage limits. You may be left with little choice but to seek compensation. The question is who is responsible: the truck driver or the company he or she works for?

Understanding mechanical failures in truck accidents

When people in Tennessee read about truck accidents, they usually do not think about all of the factors involved in driving a semitruck. While many people might think that negligence is usually involved in these accidents, there are times when mechanical failures play a role.

Lowered BAC limits attempt to prevent truck accidents

Sometimes, the biggest danger on Tennessee roads can be the other drivers traveling around you. This can be especially true if those vehicles are large trucks. If you are involved in an accident with semi-trucks and other large vehicles, their increased size and weight can mean more serious injuries and fatalities. To keep this from happening, lawmakers have created stricter laws for truck drivers to follow. We at Pryor, Priest and Harber have experience representing drivers who have had collisions with large trucks and can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Sharing the road with trucks and commercial vehicles

A booming economy means there is no shortage of trucks and commercial vehicles on the roads in Knoxville. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are more than 12 million commercial trucks on the roads across the country. Many commercial vehicle operators drive for several hours at a time before stopping for breaks. Some of them speed and engage in careless driving behaviors to meet deadlines. These factors and more are the cause of truck accidents, fatalities and injuries. 

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