TRUCKING ACCIDENTS IN TENNESSEE
Trucking accidents are becoming more common, unfortunately, on the Tennessee roads. Statistically, we have seen over a twenty percent (20%) increase per year since the late 90’s. Trucking accidents add an entirely new dimension to the category that is generally known as automobile accidents. Although different forms of automobiles weigh differentially, the difference in size of trucks increases exponentially, as compared to automobiles. In fact, the average truck weighs up to sixteen (16) times the weight of an average automobile. Injuries in these accidents are often significant.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a large truck is defined in the Fatality Analysis Reporting Administration (FARS) as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds and can go up to 80,000 pounds. A bus is defined in FARS as any motor vehicle designed primarily to transport nine or more persons, including the driver. According to FARS, in 2017, there were 34,247 fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic crashes. In this study, 18,726 were drivers, 6,174 were passengers. Motorcyclists accounted for 5,172 fatal crashes, and pedestrians accounted for 5,977. According to FARS, 4,564 lives were lost in 4,079 crashes involving large trucks or buses.