Knoxville, TN

The city of Knoxville is located in northeastern Tennessee and has a population of approximately 183,500 making it the third largest city in the state. Knoxville is the county seat of Knox County. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, Johnson Bible College, Knoxville College and Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The main trucking routes running through Knoxville are Interstate 40 (I-40), Interstate 75 (I-75) and Interstate 81 (I-81). I-40 is the third largest east-west highway in the United States running from southern California to North Carolina. In Tennessee, I-40 travels northeast across the state passing through Memphis, Clarksburg, Nashville, Cookeville and Knoxville and continues traveling east into North Carolina. I-75 is a north-south interstate highway running from the Michigan/Canada border to southern Florida. In Tennessee, I-75 enters in the northeastern corner of the state and travels southeast to Knoxville and then southwest through Athens, Cleveland and Chattanooga before entering Georgia. 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 Knoxville and Farragut and into Dandridge where it ends. McGhee Tyson Airport and Downtown Island Home Airport provide air services to Knoxville.


Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

September 13, 2011 – Hotchiss Valley Road

Donny D. Charles and his passenger Timothy J. Widner of Athens, Tennessee were involved in a vehicular collision that killed Mr. Charles and injured Mr. Widner. The accident occurred when a Kenworth T80 dump truck driven by Keith L. Hill drove directly into the path of Mr. Charles’s truck after he had driven off the shoulder of the road and over corrected. The accident occurred in Athens, Tennessee.

Overcorrecting: Truck drivers are trained to stay on the roadway and are taught that if their vehicle leaves the roadway, they must gradually move back onto the roadway to avoid overcorrecting and slingshotting across the centerline into oncoming traffic. It is always truck driver error if the truck driver overcorrects and crosses the centerline. With proper training, this kind of accident should never occur. We have handled several cases involving a commercial vehicle crossing the centerline. To review our cases results, click here.

June 27, 2011 – Sky View Hill Road

An unidentified driver of a passenger vehicle was injured when a tractor-trailer pulled into the roadway from a parking lot causing the trailer to clip the front of the passenger vehicle in Tazewell, Tennessee. The driver was trapped for several minutes until she was cut out of the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was then Life Flighted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center because of her injuries. The truck driver was not injured. The accident is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol along with the Tazewell Police Department.

Merging: Tractor-trailers are slow moving vehicles and it takes time for them to catch up with the flow of traffic. Truck drivers are trained to avoid entering in front of traffic at slow speeds without providing sufficient space for the oncoming traffic to appreciate the tractor-trailer’s speed differential and to use hazard lights and other visual clues to notify drivers of the potential hazard posed by the slow moving vehicle. It takes several seconds for most drivers to recognize that a tractor-trailer is moving slower than highway speeds. We have handled a number of rear end collisions where passenger vehicles have collided with a slow moving tractor trailer. You can see our case results by clicking here.

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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