Truck Accident Causes

Tennessee Truck Accident Caused by Driver’s Failure to Stop

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2014

The size and weight of commercial tractor-trailers can make stopping difficult on short notice. In fact, studies have shown it can take a fully loaded 18-wheeler up to a quarter mile to come to a stop from highway speeds.

Last week, a Tennessee truck accident left two highway workers seriously injured. The accident occurred on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the westbound lanes of I-24 outside of Manchester, Tennessee.

WKRN 2 News reports a previous collision had clogged traffic along the highway, and the two workers were attempting to warn motorists to move over by illuminating a sign at the rear of their truck in the left lane.

Unfortunately, the driver of a tractor-trailer didn’t have time to stop his vehicle and plowed into the rear of the workers’ truck. Both employees were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

So what should you do if you’re injured in a collision with a commercial truck ? Speaking with a Nashville truck accident lawyer may help to ensure your legal rights are protected.

At Ponce Law, we have years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims in the courtroom, and we can help answer any questions you may have about your case. Give us a call at (800) 363-9113 to speak with our legal team today.

The Number of Truck Accidents in the U.S. Is Rising

by Staff Blogger | August 11th, 2014

Despite a concerted effort to reduce highway collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers, data indicates the number of injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents is increasing. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that as many as 11 truck accidents happen in the U.S. everyday, causing 100,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths every year.

Some common truck accident causes include:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Drowsy Driving
  • Failure to Properly Maintain A Vehicle’s Equipment

This leaves many people wondering how trucking companies get away with unsafe operations. The Nashville truck accident lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that loopholes in the law may be part of the answer.

Reports from WRCBTV News explains that trucking companies can avoid penalties for violating safety laws by registering with the Department of Transportation under new names and moving their fleets under new company names.

While the government tries to close this loophole, truck manufacturers are also working to reduce accident rates by improving the safety technology on their vehicles.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers recognize the dangers tractor-trailers pose on the road. That’s why we’re hopeful better safety equipment and stricter laws will help curb the snowballing number of truck accidents in the United States.

Brake Failure Blamed for Fatal Tennessee Bus Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2014

There are many causes of truck accidents, but one of the most common is faulty equipment. In fact, the Department of Transportation estimates that approximately 10 percent of all truck and bus crashes are the result of negligent or improper maintenance.

This statistic recently hit close to home when brake failure was named as the cause of a deadly Tennessee bus accident last week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the north side of Knoxville on July 17.

According to an article from The Brazil Times, the bus was carrying a church group that had just finished volunteering when the brakes failed as the vehicle approached an intersection. This caused the bus to enter the crossing on a red light where it then struck two other vehicles, killing one occupant and leaving several others seriously injured.

It’s important to remember that strict federal regulations are in place to prevent these types of crashes from occurring. That’s why it’s important to have a qualified Tennessee personal injury attorney by your side if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or passenger bus.

At Ponce Law, we understand how devastating crashes with commercial vehicles can be, which is why we would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim. The firm would also like to wish those who were injured a speedy and full recovery.