Johnson City, TN

Johnson City is located in the northwestern tip of Tennessee and has a population of approximately 62,000 making it the eighth largest city in the state. Johnson City is home to East Tennessee State University and Milligan College. Interstate 81 (I-81) and Interstate 26 (I-26) are the main trucking routes that run through Johnson City. I-81 is a north-south interstate highway that travels southwest from New York to Tennessee. I-81 enters Tennessee in the northeastern tip of the state and runs southwest through Johnson City, Knoxville and Farragut and into Dandridge where it ends. I-26 is an east-west highway (but physically a northwest-southwest highway) that runs from Tennessee to South Carolina. I-26 passes through Kingsport and Johnson City in the northwestern tip of Tennessee and continues southeast into North Carolina and then to South Carolina. Tri-Cities Regional Airport provides air services to Johnson City.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

October 16, 2011

Six people were injured when a tractor-trailer failed to notice stopped traffic on Interstate 81 in Hamblen County, Tennessee. Loay Al-Hachami, the driver of the tractor-trailer, rear-ended a car, which had a chain effect and resulted in a four car pileup. Al-Hachami was charged with reckless driving.

Proper Stopping Distance: Truck drivers are trained to recognize that they need additional distance in which to bring their vehicle to a stop as compared to passenger vehicles. Truck drivers should be looking 12 to 15 seconds in front of them at highway speeds for any hazards in the roadway. This scanning process gives them sufficient time to stop after recognizing a problem. Unfortunately, many truck drivers do not look that far into the distance and become fixated on traffic near them. This is a major cause of accidents. We have handled several rear-end collisions involving tractor-trailers. 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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