The Analysis Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has tallied a decade of numbers involving large trucks in fatal multi-vehicle crashes. In Tennessee, the overall highest number of these types of accidents occurred in 2004. Numbers fell subsequently. Now, our Nashville truck accident attorneys warn that this number is on the rise again. Starting in 2009, the number of multi-vehicle accidents resulting in death has steadily increased.
What are the risk factors?
- Work zones. The FMCSA notes that at least one large truck is involved in 24 percent of deadly crashes in work zones.
- Weekday travel. Eighty-three percent of fatality car accidents with one or more trucks happen during the weekly commute. The most dangerous time is between noon and 3 p.m.
- Traffic. When trucks get into accidents, there are usually multiple vehicles involved. According to fatality statistics, 63 percent of truck accidents resulting in one or more deaths involve two or more cars.
If your loved one has lost a life in a multi-vehicle accident with a truck being a part of the situation, you may need to act swiftly to protect your family’s legal rights. The trucker may have suffered fatigue, been inexperienced or become distracted. An act of negligence may have contributed to your loved one’s death. You and your family may subsequently be entitled to compensation. Contact us to talk to our Nashville truck accident attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and to find out how to protect them in the aftermath of a deadly truck accident.