Nashville Semi-Truck Accident Kills Kentucky Man
A semi-truck accident on Briley Parkway in Nashville, Tennessee, claimed the life of a 58-year-old man late Sunday evening.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 11:45 p.m. near County Hospital Road when the truck, which was hauling two large trailers, struck a guardrail. The impact of the collision caused the truck to overturn and land on its roof while also spilling the contents of the trailers across the parkway.
Nashville Metro Police stated that the driver of the truck died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the accident and that he wasn’t wearing a seat belt when the truck overturned.
The truck driver was en route to St. Louis when the accident occurred. Preliminary investigations revealed that alcohol and drugs aren’t currently considered a factor in causing the accident.
As a result of the accident, police and emergency crews closed Briley Parkway for several hours to clear the accident scene and remove debris from all lanes of traffic.
What are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents have a variety of causes. While some are accidental and can’t be prevented, others are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or truck owner. Some of the most common causes include:
- Driving a truck while intoxicated or fatigued
Driving a big truck requires a sharp mind, quick reflexes, and good vision. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as driving while sleep deprived or fatigued can impair drivers’ ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel and react in time to changes in traffic or the movement of other vehicles. It’s vital that all truck drivers are sober and well-rested before they head out on the roadway.
- Driving a truck that’s overloaded
Trucks and trailers have maximum weight limits that they can safely haul without interfering with their drivability. However, many trucking companies knowingly violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines by overloading trucks to increase profits and decrease downtime. Trucks that are overloaded are more difficult to drive and can be extremely dangerous during heavy traffic or while navigating tight turns, as they’re more difficult to slow down and more prone to tipping over.
- Driving a truck that hasn’t been repaired or maintained
In addition to truck drivers and trucking companies, truck owners can also be considered negligent in the event of accidents due to not properly repairing or maintaining their trucks. Like all vehicles, trucks require regular maintenance for all major parts, including their brakes, tires, engines, transmissions, and more. When any of these parts fail on a truck, it can cause the driver to lose control and either overturn or strike another vehicle, causing serious injuries in the process.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville truck accident attorneys know that trucks are an integral part of the economy in both Tennessee and the nation at large, and big trucks are a common sight on interstates and highways throughout the Volunteer State. But we also know that big truck accidents can leave victims in serious pain and unable to pay for their medical bills due to disabilities and time away from work.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident caused by negligence on behalf of the truck driver, truck company, or truck owner, we may be able to help you get compensation for your accident-related expenses. To get in touch with our legal team, just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. It’s our goal to get you the money you need to put the accident behind you for good.