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Tractor trailer in Knoxville flipped after driver fell asleep

A tractor trailer truck was involved in an accident in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 20 after its operator apparently fell asleep while driving, an article from ABC 6 reported.

According to reports, no other vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred after the tractor trailer flipped on Interstate 40 East at the vicinity of Mile Marker 401. When authorities arrived at the scene of the crash at around 5:19 a.m., they saw that three lanes of the Interstate were blocked by the huge vehicle. The driver, whose name was withheld, admitted to authorities that he lost control of the vehicle after he fell asleep while driving. A citation was later issued to him for distracted driving. The traffic in all affected lanes was restored in the afternoon of the same day.

Sadly, many people are at risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in accidents if tractor trailer drivers get distracted while driving. However, if you have been injured in this kind of accident in Nashville, the legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP may possibly help you get treatment funds by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Find out how we may work for you today by calling 615-277-2765.

Tennessee legislators plan to ban phone use while driving

If a newly proposed bill is passed, Tennessee drivers could be forbidden from using mobile phones while driving.

The bill outlines that drivers caught using their phones will be given a warning for a first offense. All following offenses will be punishable with a fine worth $500. However, in emergency situations, drivers will not face consequences if they are caught using their phones. Under the state’s current law drivers on the road are not allowed to send text messages.

If the bill is made into law, it will go into effect in January of 2015.

Distracted driving can cause serious injuries to other drivers and pedestrians on the road. If you have been injured by a reckless driver in Nashville, a lawyer at Pohl & Berk, LLP, could help you hold negligent drivers liable for their actions. Find out what services our attorneys can provide for you by calling 615-277-2765.

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