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Rear-End Drivers Causing Injury from Behind

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Roughly 1/4 of all semi-truck accidents involve a semi-truck that has rear-ended another vehicle. The sheer weight and velocity of even an empty semi-truck can cause significant injuries and death when the vehicle collides with cars, trucks, and even other semi-trucks.

Causes of Rear-End Accidents

The NTSB cites numerous causes for rear-end accidents and the following are among the most common reasons semi-trucks rear-end other motorists.

Distraction -Distractions such as talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, texting other drivers, even eating food take the driver's attention away from the road. At highway speeds, a fraction of a second is all it takes for a driver to miss motorists in front of their vehicle. In December, an 18-year old driver behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler struck and killed two people on Highway 67 after falling asleep and rear-ending their vehicle.

Traffic Congestion -There are two types of semi-truck accidents caused by traffic congestion. The first is high-speed collisions which occur when traffic comes to a sudden stop. These are the most deadly as the semi-truck can roll on top of a motorist or sandwich their vehicle between other cars. The second type are low-speed impacts that occur in heavy congestion when the driver misjudges the distance between the truck and any vehicle's in the blind spot beneath the semi's nose. Low-speed impacts don't often cause fatalities, but they can cause whiplash and significant damage to the vehicle.

Malfunctioning Systems -Poorly maintained brake systems can overheat, lose pressure, or suffer a myriad of other failures. When the brakes fail, the driver is unable to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. If this occurs on a mountain road or within traffic congestion, the results can be catastrophic.

Speed - Driving too fast for conditions or deliberately ignoring speed limits in order to meet deadlines are common causes of speed related semi-truck accidents. The weight of the vehicle and the velocity this creates requires significant stopping distance. The faster the speed, the more distance required to stop. When a driver ignores posted speed limits, their negligence puts other motorists at considerable risk.

Liability in Tennessee

A semi-truck accident attorney can pursue damages against a semi-truck driver whose negligence causes a rear-end collision. Depending on the reasons for the crash, the driver, their employer, the mechanics who service the truck, parts manufacturers, etc. can be held liable for their actions or the defective products they supplied that led to the accident.

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