Tennessee Accident Raises Questions About Road Safety

If you're in a small car surrounded by big semi trucks, the interstate can sometimes be a scary place.

Just this week, Nashville Officer Christy Dedman was struck by a tractor trailer when she pulled over to help a stranded motorist on Highway 40. Police say the driver of the tractor trailer, James Fitzgerald, Jr., had more than 50 violations, and wouldn't have even had a license in most states.

Incidents like this give trucking a bad rap, but most drivers take their profession very seriously.

One local company, Kenway Trucking, checks their drivers out before they hire them, and then continues to re-check them on a yearly basis. It's just a small part of their strategy to make sure drivers drive safely. In fact, to be able to get insurance, their vice president says the driver's records have to be in top shape. While there are a few bad incidents across the nation each year, he says they are isolated, and don't represent the industry as a whole.

In the meantime, if you find yourself stranded on the side of the highway, we have a few tips to pass along from Kentucky State Police:

  • Don't pull into medians and do pull off to the right of the roadway as far as you can.
  • Keep an eye on mile markers as you're driving, and know your location.
  • Stand to the right of your car if you have to get out.
  • Keep a cell phone and contact numbers handy if at all possible.


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