Semi trucks are just as common on the roads of Tennessee as they are throughout the country. It is easy to take them for granted, and many of us drive alongside them without ever questioning their drivers or the safety and performance of the vehicles. However, it only takes a moment for a semi truck accident to occur, and many fatal accidents in the U.S. involve these large vehicles.

Trucks travel in every state and navigate across the nation’s roadways daily. In Kentucky, a pileup accident involving five semi-trailers has resulted in heavy damage to the trucks as well as injuries to the drivers. Four semi trucks collided, blocking the interstate to oncoming traffic around 5:30 in the morning. A fifth truck approached the wreck and was unable to stop. The driver of that truck swerved to avoid the pileup, and instead crashed into an entrance ramp just past the initial accident.

Police say icy road conditions primarily caused the accident, though the incident demonstrates the damage large trucks are capable of inflicting. Unfortunately, drivers of these vehicles traveling great distances may be more likely than other drivers to commit an error of judgment or fall asleep at the wheel. Although there are laws in place to prevent it, many trucking companies and their drivers push themselves to work extended hours without a break. In addition, some trucking companies may attempt to cut corners on vehicle maintenance in order to reduce costs and save themselves money.

If you are the victim of an accident involving negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help cover vehicle repair and medical bills along with other damages. Understanding your rights and the laws governing vehicle accidents can help you find the best resolution for your specific situation.

Source: WBKO, “UPDATED: I-65 Accident Involving 5 Semi-Trucks,” Melissa Warren, Feb. 4, 2014