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Jacksboro Personal Injury LawyerWhen a semi-truck overturns on the highway, the driver is far from the only person at risk of being injured. The large size of a truck means that several other vehicles could be caught in the path of a rollover, or be unable to avoid an overturned truck that is obstructing the roadway. If you are injured in a rollover truck accident, it is important to understand the common causes of these crashes as you begin your pursuit of fair compensation.

Semi-Truck Rollovers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regularly maintains statistics regarding large truck accidents for the benefit of research like their Large Truck Crash Causation Study. Data from this study has revealed the following as some of the most common reasons for semi-truck rollover crashes:

  • Excessive speed - This not only includes cases in which the driver exceeded the posted speed limit, but also cases in which the driver was traveling too fast for the specific conditions at the time, including the weather, the road conditions, the size of the truck’s load, or the need to traverse a curve.

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Jacksboro Personal Injury AttorneyOver the last 10 years, data from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security indicates that distracted driving is a factor in more than 20,000 annual car accidents throughout the state. Due to the inherent difficulty of detecting driver distraction, it is likely that the actual number is significantly higher. Distractions can make a driver particularly susceptible to causing a rear-end collision, which may result in serious injuries to the occupants of the vehicle in front. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation.

What Makes Distracted Driving Dangerous?

Using a cell phone while driving is such a prevalent behavior nowadays that it is easy to overlook just how dangerous it can be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a driver may take their eyes off of the road for up to 5 seconds or more while sending or reading a text message. During this time, a vehicle traveling at 55 mph can cover 100 yards of ground. With this in mind, it is easy to see how a texting driver can cause a rear-end collision, especially if traffic in front of them has slowed or stopped.

However, texting is far from the only distraction that can contribute to a car accident. Many drivers are susceptible to multitasking while behind the wheel, and activities like eating, grooming, attending to child passengers, reaching for an item in the car, or simply adjusting the radio or vehicle controls can take a driver’s hands, eyes, and attention away from the task of driving. A driver could also be distracted by a passenger inside the vehicle or something happening outside of the vehicle.

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jacksboro fatal crash lawyerThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released early estimates of crash fatalities from 2020. The estimates show that despite the COVID-19 pandemic keeping Americans off the roads, there was a more than 7 percent increase in the number of victims killed in traffic accidents last year compared to 2019.

2020 Statistics

The NHTSA’s preliminary estimates show that approximately 38,680 victims were killed in traffic accidents in 2020, the highest number of fatalities since 2007. This increase occurred despite the number of vehicle miles traveled decreasing by more than 430.2 billion miles. There was a 9 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities, a 5 percent increase in passenger vehicle fatalities, and a 5 percent increase in cyclist fatalities compared to 2019.

Fatal crashes rose 15 percent on urban highways and 11 percent on local and rural roads. According to the NHTSA’s report, the main causes of this increase include driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, speeding, and failure to wear seat belts. The number of fatal crashes increased significantly during the last two quarters of the year. This time period is also when states begin lifting pandemic restrictions.

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campbell county car accident lawyerA car accident is a frightening event and can cause you to experience a wide range of emotions. If the accident was caused by another driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for the damages you endured. However, you may have heard certain myths about vehicle collisions that will reduce your chances of securing the financial compensation you need.

Here are several myths about Tennessee car accident cases that you should be aware of.

  • If you do not have an obvious injury, medical care is not necessary. Just because you do not have a visible injury after a car accident, does not mean you do not require a doctor’s care. Not every injury, including certain head and neck injuries, presents obvious symptoms right away. You may feel fine initially, but experience pain and other unpleasant symptoms later on. To play it safe, seek medical attention right after a car accident.

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Jacksboro car crash lawyerEveryone who drives a vehicle has the obligation to do so in a safe manner. If you fail to operate your vehicle in a manner that is safe for others, you could be responsible for any damages or injuries caused by the negligent operation. Unfortunately, negligent driving is not uncommon and leads to thousands of car accidents every year. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 6.7 million motor vehicle crashes reported to law enforcement across the country in 2019. In Illinois alone, there were more than 300,000 vehicle crashes in 2019. If you have been injured in a car accident with another driver, you should discuss your options for compensation with a skilled Illinois car accident injury lawyer. 

Speeding

Speeding is a notoriously dangerous driving behavior. Speed limits are posted for a reason -- to keep people safe. Driving above the speed limit can be considered an act of negligence, as it creates unsafe conditions for other drivers on the road and is against the law. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that around 26 percent of traffic fatalities in 2019 were attributable to speeding.

Distracted Driving

In recent years, distracted driving has also become a growing concern. Distracted driving occurs when a driver is paying attention to anything other than the task of driving. Distractions for drivers can appear in many forms, including distractions outside of the vehicle, such as looking at a traffic accident. However, the most common types of distractions occur within the vehicle. These distractions can be children or other passengers, the radio or other vehicle controls, or more notoriously, the driver’s cell phone or other electronic devices.

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