Nashville, TN

The city of Nashville is located in north-central Tennesse and is the second largest city in the state with a population of approximately 635,000. Nashville is the county seat of Davidson County. Nashville is home to Vanderbilt University, Davidson Technical College, Aquinas College, Belmont University, David Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Watkins Institute College of Art and Design. The main trucking routes traveling through this city are Interstate 40 (I-40), Interstate 65 (I-65) and Interstate 24 (I-24). 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 entire state passing through Memphis, Clarksburg, Nashville, Cookeville and Knoxville and continues traveling east into North Carolina. I-65 is a north-south interstate highway traveling from Indiana to Alabama. I-65 enters Tennessee in Portland and continues directly south passing through Goodlettsville, Nashville, Franklin, Pulaski and Ardmore before entering Alabama. I-24 is an interstate highway that travels southeast from Illinois to East Ridge, Tennessee. I-24 enters Tennessee in the northwest part of the state and runs diagonally southeast through Nashville, La Vergne, Murfreesboro, Bell Buckle and then into East Ridge where it ends. Nashville International Airport provides air services to Nashville.


Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 17, 2011

Roshanda Baugh was killed when her motorcycle collided with a UPS tractor-trailer truck driven by Jason Saunders of Buena Vista, TN. Saunders was turning left into a UPS facility when his truck collided with Baugh’s motorcycle.

Left Hand Turns: A tractor-trailer driver cannot execute a left hand turn unless the truck driver can make it all the way across traffic without colliding with oncoming traffic. Because of the size of the tractor-trailer, the truck driver must use extreme care and must judge the speed of on-coming traffic before starting a left hand turn maneuver. Because of the dangerousness of a left hand turn maneuver, many companies require the truck driver to make multiple right-hand turns instead of making a left hand turn. If the left hand turn cannot be made safely because of limited sight distance or traffic patterns, then the truck driver must look for other alternatives instead of making the maneuver. We have handled multiple cases involving left hand turn accidents. You can view our case results by clicking 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 manage space in front of them and to 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 you increase the speed, the truck driver 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 if the truck driver would simply follow 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.


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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