The Dragon’s Tail Tennessee

Lawmakers Hope New Rules Will Reduce Accidents on “The Dragon”

by Staff Blogger | April 15th, 2015

“The Dragon’s Tail” is an 11.2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 129 that runs along the Tennessee border. The road is popular with motorcyclists due to the 318 curves packed into the short stretch, but the highway is also used as a shortcut by some commercial tractor-trailers moving loads over the mountains.

Unfortunately, the roadway has become notorious for accidents both types of vehicles. In fact, a report from Tennessee Department of Transportation shows “The Dragon” has been the site of at least 204 accidents from 2010-12. Because of the road’s location, accidents can take hours to clear, causing major traffic delays.

To help prevent factors that cause Tennessee truck accidents and motorcycle crashes along “The Dragon”, several new laws were implemented. The regulations include lower speed limits, as well as reduced length and weight limits for commercial big rigs.

According to The Daily Times, speed limits along stretches of the road have been dropped to as low as 40 miles per hour. Also, trucks hauling trailers longer than 30 feet are no longer allowed on the highway.

Keeping our roads and highways safe is an important mission of the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law, and we applaud the state for making safety improvements to one of our most dangerous roadways.

Tennessee Bans Big Rig Traffic on “The Dragon’s Tail”

by Staff Blogger | December 8th, 2014

Commercial tractor-trailers can be difficult to operate on narrow, winding roads. That’s why Tennessee has decided to ban big rigs from traveling on a stretch of highway known as “The Dragon’s Tail” in the eastern part of the state.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports the Dragon boasts a total of 318 sharp turns in an 11-mile stretch, making the roadway popular for both motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. However, these curves can turn deadly gauntlet when 80,000-pound trucks enter the picture.

This particular danger was made apparent when a motorist died along the stretch of road after a Tennessee truck accident. Officials say the risks posed by an accident are only compounded by the traffic that can ensue after a pile up.

Most truck drivers are unaware of these dangers and only opt for the route to avoid a 100 mile trip around it. Officials feel the ban will better protect all drivers. In fact, it’s these dangers that forced North Carolina to ban truck travel on their side of the highway several years ago.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the risks truck drivers can pose on mountainous roads. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful the ban helps reduce Tennessee truck accidents.