Fiery Crash on I-24 Near Nashville Claims Two Lives
A fiery crash on Interstate 24 north of Nashville killed two people Tuesday morning, according to a report by The Tennessean.
Two tractor-trailers were involved in the accident, which occurred around 5 a.m. near the area where I-24 intersects with I-65. A representative with the Nashville Police Department said the accident occurred when an eastbound truck that was hauling wood crossed over into the westbound lanes and struck a FedEx truck.
The collision sparked a fire in the gas tank of the FedEx truck, which created a large explosion.
Police say the drivers of both trucks died at the scene, while the driver of an additional car that was involved in the accident was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law express our condolences to the victims and their families. Our legal team knows that truck accidents can cause life-changing and even fatal injuries.
That’s why we want to do our part by helping the drivers of both trucks and cars stay safe on the road at all times—especially while driving during early morning hours.
Early Morning Driving Tips
If you have to drive at night or early in the morning when it’s still dark outside, there are a few safety tips you can follow to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident:
- Always use your headlights.
Whether you’re driving in the middle of the night or at dawn as the sun is rising, use your headlights. No matter how much light there is outside, it’s important to make your vehicle as noticeable as possible to other drivers. In addition, roadways may have dangerous objects or hazards that aren’t visible without headlights until it’s too late.
- Don’t drive without adequate rest.
Driving at night or in the early morning is unavoidable for many people, but it shouldn’t be done unless you’re well-rested. Drivers who get behind the wheel while sleep-deprived or exhausted are much more likely to cause accidents. If you feel drowsy while driving, find a safe place to pull over and rest before continuing on your journey.
- Give trucks plenty of room.
Truck drivers are required to meet tight deadlines, and many drive through the night to make their deliveries or pick up their loads on time. If you’re driving during off-peak hours, give the trucks near you as much room as possible. Not only do they need more room to maneuver and slow down, but they also have numerous blind spots that can lead to serious accidents.
- Stick to populated areas.
If you have the choice between taking back roads or well-lit highways and city streets, choose the path most traveled. Driving at night or in the early morning on back roads can be dangerous, as there may be wildlife or unexpected twists and turns in the road that you can’t see from a distance. In addition, sticking to well-populated areas means you’ll have a better chance of receiving immediate help if you do have an accident or your vehicle develops mechanical problems.
Every time you get behind the wheel of a car on a roadway, you take a risk. But with a little preparation, awareness, and caution, you can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
If you are ever involved in an accident involving a car or truck, don’t hesitate to contact the Nashville truck accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law. We know Tennessee personal injury law, and we know how to investigate traffic accidents. Call us at (615) 200-1111 or fill out our free online form, and see how we can help you today.