Crash on Interstate 75 in Bradley County Claims One Life
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a 34-year-old man died after being involved in a car crash early Monday on I-75 in Bradley County, Tennessee.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that the man was driving northbound on I-75 at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended another vehicle driven by a 47-year-old man from Tracy City, Tennessee. The other driver wasn’t injured in the crash.
Responders to the scene of the accident said the victim wasn’t wearing his seat belt and may have been under in the influence of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred.
The other driver was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time and received a citation for the accident, but he wasn’t arrested or charged with any crimes.
The Lebanon car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law express our condolences to the family of the man who died in this tragic accident in Bradley County. As a law firm that focuses on car and truck accident cases, it’s our goal to keep drivers in the state as safe as possible and help pursue compensation for those who are injured.
Safe Driving Tips for Tennessee Motorists
Staying cautious and alert at all times while behind the wheel of a vehicle are vital for keeping yourself, your family, and everyone else on the road safe. To reduce your chances of being involved in an accident on the interstate, follow these safety tips:
- Give the cars ahead of you plenty of room.
Tailgating can quickly cause an accident—especially if you and the vehicles around you are traveling at high rates of speed. All it takes is the car in front of you slamming on its brakes for a split second for a high-speed rear-end collision to occur, which can lead to serious and even life-threatening injuries for everyone in your car and the car in front of you.
- Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Driving after consuming alcohol or using drugs is illegal for a reason. Using any substance that alters your mental state and slows down your reaction times and reduces your inhibition can have devastating consequences for you and everyone else on the road. Always ride with a designated driver or call a cab if you’re intoxicated and never get behind the wheel of your car.
- Always wear a seat belt.
Seat belts save lives. Whether you’re involved in a high-speed accident on the interstate or a minor fender in traffic, wearing a seat belt can dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries in the accident. Car accident injuries often lead to long-term pain and disability and an act as simple as buckling up can prevent a lifetime of pain and suffering.
- Drive at or under the speed limit.
Although it may be tempting to exceed the speed limit, arriving at your destination a few minutes earlier than you planned isn’t worth the risks. Speeding makes you more likely to be involved in an accident because it makes your vehicle more difficult to maneuver and stop on a moment’s notice. In addition, high-speed accidents often result in more serious injuries due to the increased levels of force.
Our Lebanon car accident lawyers know that sometimes, accidents just happen no matter how many precautions you take. If you or a loved one was recently injured in a car accident in Tennessee, we can help you recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. To see how we can help your family, dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online consultation form today.