Chattanooga, TN

The city of Chattanooga is located in southeastern Tennessee and has a population of approximately 170,800 making it the fourth largest city in the state. Chattanooga is the county seat of Hamilton County. Chattanooga is home to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Community College and Tennessee Temple University. The main trucking routes traveling through Chattanooga are Interstate 75 (I-75), US 27 and US 127. I-75 is a major north-south interstate highway running from the Michigan/Canada border to southern Florida. In Tennessee, I-75 enters from Kentucky in the northeastern corner of the state and travels southeast to Knoxville and then southwest through Athens, Cleveland and Chattanooga before entering Georgia. US 27 is a north-south highway that runs from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Miami, Florida. US 27 enters Tennessee in the northeastern part of the state and travels south passing through Oneida, Sunbright, Rockwood, Spring City, Red Bank and Chattanooga before entering into Georgia. US 127 is a north-south highway that runs from Michigan to Chattanooga, Tennessee. US 127 enters Tennessee in the north central part of the state and runs south through Jamestown, Crossville, Pikeville and into Chattanooga where it ends. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport provides air services to Chattanooga.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
April 21, 2011 – I-75 North in McMinn County near the Athens exit

A truck driver died when his tractor-trailer collided with another tractor-trailer.  The collision occurred around 4:00 a.m. One truck was carrying medical waste and the other was carrying chicken feed. Most tractor-trailer accidents occur between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. These accidents are often the result of driver fatigue.
Driver Fatigue: A truck driver has often been driving all night and is tired as morning approaches. At the same time, more and more people are beginning to travel on the roadways as they are going to work. The end result is that the most dangerous time for trucking accidents is in the early morning hours because of driver fatigue. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive and be on-duty for a certain number of hours per day. It is a violation of federal safety regulations if the truck driver exceeds his maximum hours of service requirements. We have handled a number of trucking cases involving driver fatigue, and you can look at our case results by clicking here.

Tennessee Law

Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Tennessee also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of Tennessee and do not cross state lines. Tennessee has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Tennessee law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum liability insurance coverage in the amount of $300,000 if the gross vehicle weight is 26,000 lbs or less and $750,000 if the vehicle weighs over 26,000 lbs.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.

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