2 People Suffer Injuries after 4-Vehicle Accident in Nashville

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law on March 1, 2016

2 People Suffer Injuries after 4-Vehicle Accident in Nashville

Two people suffered serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals after an accident that involved four vehicles occurred on Highway 70 in Nashville Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident happened when two trucks were rounding a curve in the road and collided head-on. The impact of that collision caused both of the trucks to then sideswipe nearby vehicles.

Emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene and transported the driver of one of the trucks to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The driver is believed to have suffered critical injuries as a result of the accident.

Another driver involved in the accident was also transported to a local hospital to receive treatment, but his or her injuries are believed to be non-critical at this time.

Police have blocked Highway 70 as they work to investigate what happened and clear the roadway of all debris and damaged vehicles. The road is expected to be closed for several hours.

3 Overlooked Safety Tips that Help When Driving in Wet Weather

When it’s raining and the roads are wet, almost all drivers know that it’s important to slow down, turn on their lights, and leave plenty of space between their vehicles and the cars in front of them.

But there are several other important safety tips that many drivers may not be aware of that can help reduce their risks of being involved in accidents. Our Nashville auto accident attorneys know that there’s often an increase in the number of car crashes when roads are slick, and that means there’s no such thing as being too prepared when driving during or after rainstorms.

Follow these three tips the next time you drive during wet weather to help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident:

  • Check all of your vehicle’s components, including tires, wipers, and lights.

Safe driving on slick roads doesn’t just require caution and alertness—it also requires driving a vehicle that’s equipped to handle the inclement conditions. Before leaving your home, check your tire pressure and tire tread level. Tires that have new tread and proper PSI will grip the road better than worn out or under/overinflated tires. In addition, you should also make sure your windshield wipers and lights are in good working condition. If not, get them replaced immediately.

  • Avoid depending on advanced safety features.

Modern vehicles ship with more and more advanced safety and convenience features every year. But features like cruise control, collision warning systems, blind-spot warnings, and lane-departure warnings may malfunction or otherwise not be dependable when visibility and traction are reduced due to heavy rainfall. Trusting these features can lull some drivers into a false sense of safety, even when road conditions are still hazardous. Always stay alert and trust your own eyes and ears when driving during or after rainstorms.

  • Pull over and stop if visibility or road conditions become too severe.

Windshield wipers are highly effective at keeping water out of your field of view, but torrential downpours can overwhelm their capabilities and reduce your visibility to zero. In addition, even roadways with proper drainage systems can quickly become flooded. If either of these conditions occur when you’re driving, pull over to a safe place, turn on your emergency flashers to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers, and wait for the weather to improve.

Above all else, it’s vital to be aware of the fact that both your vehicle and the behaviors of other drivers can change significantly when roads are slick and visibility is reduced. That’s why taking as many precautions as possible before and after you get behind the wheel of your vehicle can help reduce your likelihood of being involved in an inclement weather-related auto accident.

Unfortunately, all the precautions in the world can’t completely eliminate your risks—especially when other drivers are careless. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs. To contact the legal team at Matt Hardin Law, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.