Two-Vehicle Collision near Interstate 24 Closes Old Hickory Boulevard
An accident involving two vehicles in South Nashville led to the closure of Old Hickory Boulevard while emergency responders cleared debris from the accident scene.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred near Interstate 24 and the Davidson County Line around 6 a.m. Friday morning. A witness reported that the driver of a vehicle was attempting to turn onto I-24 East when he collided with another vehicle that was traveling east on Old Hickory Boulevard.
The accident caused both drivers to suffer injuries, and they were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Emergency responders were forced to close the roadway during the morning rush hour, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was called in to help clear accident scene debris in order to safely reopen the roadway.
What Services Does TDOT Provide to Drivers?
If you drive on Tennessee’s interstates and highways, you’ve probably seen TDOT emergency vehicles and responders helping stranded drivers or people who have been involved in car accidents. TDOT provides a wide variety of services to drivers on Tennessee’s roadways, including:
- Assisting traffic accident victims
TDOT trucks patrol the freeways through Tennessee in order to quickly respond to accidents and other incidents on the highway. Although TDOT operators aren’t paramedics, they can help accident victims by setting up lights, cones, and other equipment that reroute traffic away from accident scenes and protect the victims from being involved in secondary accidents.
- Assisting motorists with disabled vehicles
When a driver in Tennessee experiences car trouble on a highway or interstate, TDOT responders can help him or her by providing tools to perform repairs. They also carry supplies such as gasoline, diesel, and water to quickly remedy any issues related to running out of fuel or a vehicle overheating.
- Clearing roadways after accidents
An accident on a highway or interstate can cause traffic to backup for miles and last for several hours. TDOT responders are trained to step in as soon as auto accident victims are treated or transported away from the scene and move the damaged and disabled vehicles and clean up any debris as quickly as possible.
- Directing traffic during highway incidents
Whether it’s a car accident, a disabled vehicle, or any other event that puts drivers in danger, TDOT responders are trained to arrive on the scene quickly and reroute and direct traffic away from the hazard. TDOT responders are also called upon to help direct traffic during events that cause heavy traffic volume, such as concerts, sporting events, and more.
- Preventing secondary accidents from occurring
TDOT’s website states that 20 percent of all crashes on Tennessee’s roadways are secondary and occur because normal traffic flow is being obstructed due to an earlier incident. One of TDOT’s primary goals is to reduce these accidents by clearing roadways, promoting safe and orderly traffic flow around the incident, and protecting the safety of emergency responders.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers know that car accident victims are highly vulnerable to being involved in a secondary accident soon after their first. We also know that drivers and passengers in oncoming traffic are also vulnerable to accidents due to disabled or crashed vehicles in their direct path. TDOT provides a valuable service to all Tennessee residents by responding promptly to accident scenes on the state’s highways and interstates.
If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your accident-related expenses. Get in touch with our legal team today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form. We know Tennessee accident law, and we know what it takes to get results for our clients.