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Georgia Truck Driver Loses Control of Tractor-Trailer and Sustains Serious Injuries in Accident on Tennessee Highway


August 19, 2019

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TENNESSEE – As reported in an online news article published by 1057news.com, a Georgia truck driver lost control of his tractor-trailer, suffering severe and life-threatening injuries.*

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 31-year-old Covington, Georgia truck driver was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 127 along the Cumberland/Bledsoe County border.  The late-night accident happened when the truck driver lost control of his 2010 Volvo tractor-trailer, running into a ditch and rolling over.

The truck driver was ejected from the tractor-trailer and landed in the northbound lane of Highway 127.  A state trooper arrived on the scene and attempted to perform life-saving aid until paramedics arrived.  The truck driver was flown by Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries.  The truck driver’s current condition and prognosis are unknown.

Reporting Unsafe Trucking Companies – What Concerned Truck Drivers Should Know

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is charged with regulating the trucking industry.  However, the FMCSA is limited in its ability to regulate every trucking company when the agency is unaware of unlawful or negligent conduct.  

As such, truck drivers can help regulate the trucking industry and promote safer roads and highway by reporting unlawful conduct.  The various ways in which truck drivers can report such conduct include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to report any unsafe trucking practices, which may include filing a “Coercion Complaint,” which indicates a trucking company is coercing a driver to operate for longer hours in violation of federal regulations.

  • Contact the Department of Transportation (DOT)to report safety violations, employment discrimination, and any other conduct which may be unlawful.

  • Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)to file a “whistleblower complaint” to report safety violations and other unlawful conduct.  A whistleblower complaint allows truckers to feel comfortable reporting illegal conduct, as they often may fear termination or backlash from their employer for reporting violations.

Contacting these various federal agencies can help promote a safer trucking agency, which then helps to ensure truck drivers and other motorists are safer on roads and highways.

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Source:http://1057news.com/2019/08/14/07/16/47/one-injured-in-tractor-trailer-accident-on-highway-127/

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