Commercial tractor-trailers are essential components to Tennessee’s economy, as well as that of each state in the U.S. Semi-trucks are crucial in exporting and importing agricultural and manufactured goods, both regionally and nationally. Our reliance on large commercial shipping trucks has ensured their constant presence on our roadways.
However, as discussed in one of our previous blog posts, large trucks are inherently more dangerous than almost any other vehicle one might encounter. Due to their sheer size, weight, and sometimes deliberately dangerous practices even an accident involving slight contact with a commercial tractor-trailer can result in motorists suffering substantial injuries and even death.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security maintains an accounting of large truck fatalities based on statistics reported from each county in the state. A look at the numbers over the last few years indicates that Knox County is one of the areas in Tennessee most affected by large trucks. In fact, numbers reported from 2006 show that 1131 people died in Knox County as a result of large truck collisions. Another 928 people died the following year from truck accidents, and in 2008 similar accidents accounted for the deaths of 691 individuals throughout Knox County. These numbers are quite alarming considering that Lake County, Tennessee, experienced six, two, and zero deaths within those same respective time frames.
Not all encounters with tractor-trailers will result in death. Many motorists survive such accidents, albeit with substantial injuries. In some cases injured motorists may require substantial and ongoing medical treatments. Others may be left permanently unable to return to work.
If you are a Tennessee resident who has been injured as a result of a tractor-trailer collision, you may be entitled to sue those responsible for your accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible for you to recover costs associated with your medical expenses and time lost from work.
Source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, “Crash Data Fatalities – Large Truck Crashes by Year and County” Nov. 03, 2014