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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. 

Common factors that lead to truck accidents: Part 1

Motorists should make themselves aware of the dangers they face and create when they are on the roads with truckers in Knoxville. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, approximately 3,852 people were killed in truck collisions.

Intoxicated truckers

The number of truck drivers on the roads in Knoxville is growing every day. Because of the type of vehicles they drive and their job responsibilities, truck drivers are held to higher standards in regards to drug and alcohol use. Studies show that intoxicated truckers are one of the most dangerous types of motorists to avoid. Truck drivers cause accidents that result in catastrophic injuries for victims and long-term pain and suffering for their families.

What truckers can do to avoid fatigued driving

It is becoming more common every day for motorists to see truck accidents on the streets in Knoxville. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, the number of deaths from that occurred from this type of accident was 3,852. Many of those accidents took place on locally and altered the lives of everyone who was involved. People who operate semi-trailers and commercial trucks should exercise extreme caution when they drive. There are actions that commercial vehicle drivers can take to reduce their chances of truck accidents when they are too tired to drive.

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