Memphis, TN

The city of Memphis is located in the southwestern tip of Tennessee and is the largest city in the state and the nineteenth largest in the United States. Memphis has a population of approximately 676,600 and is the county seat of Shelby County. Memphis is home to several universities and colleges including the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Jones Barber College, Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis, Crichton College, Miller-Hawkins Business College, Rhodes College, Rice College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, William Moore College of Technology, Memphis College of Art and Le Moyne-Owen College. The main trucking routes running through Memphis are Interstate 40 (I-40), US 64, US 70 and US 51. I-40 is the third largest east-west highway running from southern California to North Carolina. In Tennessee, I-40 travels northeast through the entire state passing through Memphis, Clarksburg, Nashville, Cookeville and Knoxville and continues east into North Carolina. US 70 travels from Arizona to North Carolina. In Tennessee, US 70 run east to west through Memphis, Bartlett, Brownsville, Dickson, Nashville, Knoxville and Newport. US 51 is a north-south highway running from Wisconsin to Louisiana. In Tennessee, US 51 runs along the western side of the state passing through Union City, Newbern, Ripley, Millington and Memphis. US 51 continues traveling south into Mississippi. Memphis International Airport provides air services to Memphis.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 20, 2011 – Interstate 55

Robert Nowicki, a state transportation worker with the HELP unit, was killed when he was aiding a stalled vehicle and was struck by a tractor-trailer west of Memphis, Tennessee just before the Mississippi River bridge.

Emergency Vehicle Hazards: For the truck driver, a stopped emergency vehicle signals a potential hazard, and truck drivers are trained to be on the lookout for pedestrians and to reduce their speed in areas where hazard lights indicate stalled or disabled vehicles. We have handled numerous cases where tractor trailers have collided with disabled vehicles or pedestrians in the area of disabled vehicles. To see our case results, click here.

June 2, 2011 – westbound lane of Highway 412 at the intersection with Slaughter Pen Road

A 67-year old woman from Dyer County, Tennessee was killed when her Chevy Blazer was rear ended by a tractor-trailer hauling metal sheets. The semi truck was driven by a 50 year-old man from Eureka, Missouri at 3:49 a.m. in the morning. As a result of the collision, the Blazer went down and embankment and struck a tree. The truck driver was cited for following too closely.

Failure to Reduce Speed/Close Following Distance: Truck drivers have to maintain a safe following distances from the vehicle in front of them. To do this, they must keep a diligent lookout for other vehicles in order to have sufficient time and space to stop for slowing traffic. The most common cause of truck accidents is the failure of the truck driver to allow enough time and space from the vehicle in front of him. The results of this error in judgment are usually catastrophic as the 80,000 lb tractor-trailer collides with the back of a stopped or slowing vehicle. Because of the weight of the tractor-trailer, a truck driver for a standard 60-foot tractor-trailer must keep a distance of 6 seconds from the vehicle in front of him at speeds under 40 mph. As the driver increases the speed, he/she must allow additional time to stop. At 55 mph, it will take a tractor-trailer about 450 feet to stop. This kind of rear-end accident is always preventable when the truck driver follows standard guidelines for safe driving. We have handled a number of rear-end accidents involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can click here to see our case results.

On May 3, 2011 – Tenn. 100

A truck driver from Parsons, Tennessee died  as a result of his 18-wheeler colliding head on with another tractor-trailer in the city of Henderson, Tennessee according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Timothy Thomas, 41, was headed west on Tenn. 100 when his tractor-trailer swerved to avoid traffic stopped at the Wilson School Road intersection and struck an eastbound tractor-trailer driven by Abram Thiessen, 26. Thomas was killed in the crash, and Thiessen was injured.

Truck-on-truck accidents: These kinds of accidents are common. On any major trucking route, there are numerous tractor-trailers within a close proximity of each other. If a truck driver makes an error in judgment and loses control of his tractor-trailer, it is most difficult for other tractor-trailers to move quickly to avoid the runaway vehicle. It is vital that all truck drivers keep a diligent lookout for stopped traffic ahead of them and manage space around them to keep their vehicle under control, especially in areas of high truck traffic where other tractor-trailers may be in the vicinity. Unfortunately, truck-on-truck accidents often result in fatalities or catastrophic injuries because of the size and velocity of these vehicles as well as the danger of the cargo they usually haul. We have handled a number of truck on truck accidents. You can view 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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