Truck Accidents

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Beware of New Truck Drivers

There is a truck driver shortage in the United States. This is impacting things from delivery of items to retail stores, the accessibility of gasoline, and everything else truckers haul both intra and inter-state. Due to this shortage, there has been a heavy push for new drivers to join the workforce, a push that could easily result in several novice truck drivers on the road at the same time.

The Leading Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are much more deadly than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. Due to the size and weight differential between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, the fatalities in these accidents are almost always the drivers or passengers of the smaller vehicles. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney who can explain your rights and help you choose the best path forward.

Can Trucks Drive in the Passing Lane in Tennessee?

In the state of Tennessee, a semi-truck can be in the left lane when it is passing another vehicle or when turning left. Trucks going slower than the pace of traffic must stay in the right lane or right lanes when multiple lanes are present. In some areas or at certain times, trucks may be barred from entering the left lane at all. In these instances, highway signage will be present to indicate that trucks are only allowed in the left lane to pass.

Trucks Running Red Lights

With their massive size, high center of gravity and weighty cargo, semi-trucks require a longer stopping distance than passenger vehicles. Because it can be difficult to stop a tractor-trailer in a matter of seconds, many truck drivers choose to risk the lives of innocent drivers by running yellow or red traffic lights.

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