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TN Truck Accident Causes

Between 1994 and 2007, Tennessee saw nearly 1,800 large truck accidents that resulted in fatalities—an annual average of 128 Tennessee truck accidents with deadly results. These Tennessee trucking accident statistics paint a sobering picture of the terrible damage trucking accidents cause to our roadways.

We at The Sexton Law Firm have many years of experience in supporting victims of Tennessee trucking accidents. This kind of focused litigation has required us to become intimately familiar with the horrific Tennessee roadway accidents involving commercial motor vehicles and understanding what caused them.

Trucking accident statistics

Between 2003 and 2008, a report from the Tennessee state government noted that:

  • Cell phone usage was listed as a contributing factor in 3,560 Tennessee truck accidents
  • The period of day during which you are mostly likely to find yourself involved in a Tennessee trucking accident is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  (The time of day with the fewest accidents was 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.).
  • A total of 1,288 trucking accidents involved alcohol or drugs
  • The worst year for fatal Tennessee trucking accidents during this period was 1996, which saw 152

Mechanical defects cause many trucking accidents

A 2006 – 2007 compilation by the Tennessee state government revealed that many trucking accidents involved equipment failure. The leading vehicle defects involved in these accidents were those involving:

  • Wheels/tires
  • Truck body
  • Truck doors or hood
  • Safety belts
  • Signal lights
  • Brake systems
  • Trailer hitch

Other common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • High winds
  • Icy roadways
  • Improperly balanced loads
  • Road rage
  • Speeding
  • Wet roads

Contact a Tennessee truck accident attorney

The Tennessee truck accident attorneys at The Sexton Law Firm have years of experience and will litigate your Tennessee truck accident lawsuit with the dedication to assist you with every step of the legal process.

Serious injury and death often result from truck crashes. If this happens to you or someone you love, make sure that you find a reliable Tennessee truck accident lawyer to represent you. Their experience will help ensure that you obtain the strongest possible Tennessee truck accident settlement or verdict.

To better serve the Eastern Tennessee area, we maintain offices in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and Maryville. Contact us for a confidential consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, or call us toll free at (865) 691-7900.