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Trucking Accidents

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 is more. Weather conditions, drug or alcohol use, driver fatigue, and time of day can all influence who is to blame for a 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 over $2 billion per year, yet legislative battles have failed to reduce the number of allowable trucker driving hours each day. This doubtless contributes 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 by 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 require truck drivers to carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance. This number may be increased depending on a truck's cargo and other factors.

If You Are in a Trucking Accident

Truck drivers are not 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 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..

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