Tennessee drivers may be surprised to hear this, but 2019 saw the highest number of truck accident fatalities in 30 years. This is in spite of the fact that road fatalities overall went down from 36,560 in 2018 to 36,120 in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA defines “large truck” as anything over 10,000 pounds, but many of these crashes involve big rigs in particular.

What big rig drivers can do about this

Truck driver error is a significant factor in this fatal trend. Truckers may violate the hours-of-service regulations and drive for longer than they should, becoming drowsy in the process. They may distract themselves with their phone, drive while intoxicated or exceed the speed limit in the effort to meet a deadline. Preventing fatalities, then, means avoiding these and other unsafe behaviors.

Employers and other drivers can contribute, too

Passenger vehicle drivers are frequently guilty of negligent behavior, too: speeding, cutting off truckers, tailgating, driving under the influence and being inattentive. Besides avoiding these behaviors, drivers should be aware of a truck’s blind spots and always try to remain in the view of the trucker’s mirrors.

Owners of large truck fleets can do their part by requiring annual health checks and monitoring for signs of alcohol abuse and drug use. They could consider monitoring through the use of forward-facing cameras.

Legal representation for truck crash victims

Victims of motor vehicle accidents, especially truck accidents, can be left with severe injuries that affect them for the rest of their life. If you have been injured, you want to be compensated for your losses. The way to seek out damages is to file a claim against the trucking company or insurance company, and you may want to retain legal counsel. The lawyer may start by evaluating your case in light of this state’s modified comparative negligence rule.