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Logging and Mail Truck Crash Claims Two Lives; Shuts Down I-75 in Tennessee

On this blog, we frequently remark that truck drivers are the lifeblood of our economy. There vehicle operators work long hours under potentially grueling conditions to ensure that the goods and products we depend on make it to store shelves. However, all too often, truck carrier negligence, violations of safety rules, or the demands of the job result in circumstances where truck drivers and, by extension, all other motorists in the vicinity experience an increased accident and injury risk. In some situations, the factors combine in such a way to make it so that an accident is simply inevitable.

At Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team, our truck accident lawyers believe that accident victims should not be forced to subsidize the reckless or negligent behaviors of trucking firms or drivers. If you have been injured due to a trucking company forcing a fatigued driver behind the wheel or due to a driver’s inattentiveness, our law firm may be able to help. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation, call (215) 709-6940 or contact us online today.

A Blown Tire Sets off a Tragic Chain of Events

On the evening of February 7, 2016, two truck drivers were killed in a crash. The crash involved a logging truck with a semi-truck that was carrying U.S. mail. According to a police report, the logging truck was traveling to the north then a truck in front of the logging truck happened to blow a tire. The logging truck attempted to make it onto the shoulder to avoid the truck with the blown-out tire.

Unfortunately, the driver semi-truck carrying mail apparently did not see that the logging truck had slowed down. The mail truck appeared to strike the logging truck from behind. The driver of the mail truck did not appear to brake before making an impact.

Why Did the Accident Occur?

It is important to first note that police have not ruled definitively on why the driver of the mail truck did not slow down. However, in rear collision accidents where the trailing driver does not brake or slow down, certain reasons for this failure to take action are more common than others. For one, this fact pattern is consistent with a fatigued driver who was dozing or feel asleep in the moments prior to the accident. This type of crash seems to be more prevalent in recent years with the most famous example being the 2014 crash on the New Jersey turnpike that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan.

Alternatively, the facts in this scenario are also consistent with a driver who had become distracted. While FMCSA regulations prohibit the use of cell phones or texting when operating a commercial motor vehicle, it is still a common practice. Texting or operating a cell phone while driving takes the driver’s eyes off the road and significantly increases the likelihood of a crash.

There is still, at least, one more potential contributing factor behind this accident. That is, Tennessee State troopers have raised the possibility that the logging truck was not properly marked. Markings on the truck’s trailer help other drivers recognize its length and depth. One police spokesman remarked, “He probably didn’t recognize the first tractor trailer was slowing down, the log truck, and he ran into the tractor trailer.” Efforts to determine whether the logging truck was properly marked have been delayed by damage to the truck which included logs hanging off the trailer.

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Injured in a Serious Trucking Accident and in Need of a Truck Accident Injury Lawyer?

While most truck drivers are meticulous about safety and their legal duties, truck driver mistakes can happen on the roads and highways. Mistakes are made more likely when drivers are pushed to their limits or engage in other activities when they are supposed to be focused on the road. Injuries inflicted in accidents involving large trucks and big rigs are often severe and life altering simply due to the enormous weight and mass of commercial motor vehicles. As speed and vehicle weight increase, so too does the risk of a catastrophic or fatal injury.

If you have suffered a serious injury due to a negligent truck driver or trucking company, the truck accident lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Trucking Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation, call (215) 709-6940 today.

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