After a car or big truck accident has caused injury to you or your loved ones, the last thing you want to worry about is the bill. Paying for medical bills after an accident is not a fun topic, but one that must be discussed.
Many people who are in serious car accidents feel overwhelmed. The medical bills pile up, and after several calls with insurance, they're nowhere closer to receiving a settlement check to cover their expenses than when they first began.
Auto accidents are no joking manner. Every single year, more than three million people are injured in car and truck accidents across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Multi-car accidents are very common. It's estimated that up to ⅓ of all car accidents involve more than two vehicles. In Tennessee, 46% of all accidents were multi-vehicle accidents in 2015. Multi-car accidents also include pile-ups and chain-reaction accidents. Not many people know what to do in the instance of a multi-vehicle accident, but it's best to be prepared.
Obviously drivers want to avoid accidents of any type, since even the mildest of fender benders can still put a damper on your day and may lead to multiple phone calls with insurance companies. However, while no accident is desirable, if there is one type of accident you definitely want to avoid, it is a truck accident. Truck accidents come with all the annoyances and issues of other accidents, but because of the size of the large 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers involved, it is very likely that you and your car will suffer severe damages.
On the morning of April 14, Tennessee Highway Patrol crews reported to the scene of a truck accident in Rutherford County. The accident involved a commercial truck and a passenger car and resulted in fatal injuries to a 21-year-old woman. THP crews were reportedly investigating the wreck into the late afternoon, and police say that the truck driver might face charges.
In Davidson and across the entire nation, trucks are always visible when one heads out on the road. Property being carted from place to place is a necessity and trucks are needed for this purpose.They can also be dangerous. The speed at which they're moving along with their intimidating size are bad enough. But when the driver might be violating federal trucking regulations when it comes to the maximum amount of time they can be on the road, everyone in the truck's path can be in jeopardy.
Truck drivers in Tennessee and throughout the country bear a responsibility to ensure that the vehicle they are operating is safe, and they are adhering to the rules of the road. The drivers, along with their employers, need to make certain that others are not placed in danger for the multitude of issues that can arise. There are federal trucking regulations that must be followed, the proper maintenance of the truck itself and the rules of the road that need to be taken seriously. If there is a truck accident, these factors will undoubtedly come to the forefront as it is investigated.
Most people understand that large commercial trucks pose a hazard to other people on the roadways. Because of their massive size, even small mistakes can cause a serious and deadly truck accident. Therefore, these complicated machines need precise handling and maintenance in order to be as safe as possible. As we explained in a recent blog post, federal regulations require truck owners to have the truck examined on a periodic basis. This inspection helps to ensure that is in good working condition and does not pose a threat to others on the roadways.
Since cars and trucks are seen so frequently on Tennessee roadways, it can be easy to forget how complicated these machines are. They require exact maintenance and upkeep in order to be in safe working order. If the trucks are allowed to fall into disrepair, they can pose safety threats to the truck driver and to others on the roads. In these situations, negligent truck maintenance can contribute to truck accidents.