Memphis Truck Accident Lawyer
Advocating for Victims of Semi Truck Accidents Throughout Tennessee
A fully-loaded commercial semi truck can weigh up to 20 times the average weight of a passenger vehicle. In addition to the weight disparity, semi trucks far outmatch passenger vehicles in the size department – 53 feet to 15 feet long, on average. Due to their increased size, semi trucks have larger blind spots, cannot stop as quickly, and begin to have mechanical problems faster than normal passenger vehicles do. Semi trucks are a hazard enough on their own, but combined with driver negligence, the problem worsens exponentially.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
While they do not happen as often as passenger vehicle accidents, the consequences of accidents that involve semi trucks are much worse. Some common causes of semi truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue – this could indicate an Hours of Service violation, where a driver is operating a truck without taking the necessary resting breaks.
- Improperly loaded trucks – when trucks are overloaded or not loaded properly, it increases the likelihood of jackknife accidents, and can increase the severity of accidents.
- Poor maintenance – large commercial vehicles deteriorate more rapidly than passenger vehicles do. If they are not maintained, accidents can occur, such as brake or tire failure.
Tennessee Truck Accident Statistics
Shelby County is consistently in the top three counties (per district) in terms of truck accident volume. Shelby County experienced the following number of heavy/medium truck accidents.
- 2006 – 2,190
- 2007 – 1,876
- 2008 – 1,584
While the number of total truck crashes has been on a downward trend, anything more than zero is less than ideal. With more than 1,000 truck crashes happening in Shelby County every year, drivers have cause for concern.
Other top Tennessee counties in terms of truck crashes include:
- Davidson County
- Montgomery County
- Rutherford County
- Hamilton County
- Knox County
Steps You Can Take
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, we encourage you to contact the Memphis car accident attorneys at Reaves Law Firm today. We’re here to evaluate your accident and determine your legal rights and options. Should we represent you, you can rest assured knowing that we will be your voice against your opposition, and fight to recover the financial compensation you deserve.