One Person Injured in Two-Car Accident on I-24 near Clarksville
A two-vehicle car accident seriously injured one person on Interstate 24 near Clarksville, Tennessee, on Sunday.
A staff report by SurfKY News indicated that the accident occurred around 10:10 a.m. last Sunday at mile marker 81 on I-24 near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
According to Hopkinsville police, an investigation revealed that a 41-year-old woman was driving a 2014 Honda CRV heading eastbound when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2008 GMC Acadia driven by a 56-year-old man as he was attempting to change lanes.
The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to sustain major damage and the passenger in the 2014 Honda CRV—the husband of the driver—suffered serious injuries. The driver of the GMC Acadia was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and was uninjured in the accident.
The 42-year-old husband of the driver of the Honda CRV was transported to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville for treatment of his injuries.
Hopkinsville police are still investigating the accident to determine its cause.
Matt Hardin Law’s team of Clarksville car accident attorneys hopes the man who was injured in this accident experiences a full recovery from his injuries.
Why Is It So Important to Always Wear a Seatbelt?
Seatbelts are one of the most important safety features in modern vehicles. They take only a brief moment to latch and unlatch, but they can often mean the difference between serious and even fatal injuries and walking away from an accident without a scratch. Seatbelts significantly improve the safety of drivers and passengers during car accidents by:
- Seatbelts prevent ejections.
The safest place to be during a car accident is inside your vehicle where you are protected by airbags and other safety features. Drivers and passengers who don’t wear their seatbelts are at high risk of being ejected from their vehicle due to the extreme forces generated during car accidents. People who are ejected during car accidents often face severe injuries that can be disabling and even fatal.
- Seatbelts keep victims in their seats.
Even if you don’t get ejected from your vehicle during an accident, you’re still at a high risk of ending up somewhere other than the seat you were sitting in moments before the accident occurred. It’s not uncommon for car accident victims who aren’t wearing their seatbelts to end up in the backseat during car accidents due to the extremely high levels of force they experience—and they often have significant injuries as well.
- Seatbelts prevent victims from striking the steering wheel or dashboard.
Accidents that occur at relatively low speeds are less likely to cause victims to be ejected from their vehicles or to get forced out of their seats, but they can still cause serious injuries due to the risk of hitting the steering wheel or dashboard with their face, head, neck, or other part of their body. By restraining victims at the waist, shoulders, and torso, drivers and passengers are held firmly in place during accidents and impact only airbags instead of hard surfaces.
Seatbelts are extremely important safety features that save lives during all types of car accidents—especially side impact accidents, head-on collisions, and rollover wrecks. In many cases, accidents that would otherwise be fatal can be reduced to accidents that cause only minor injuries due to the use of seatbelts by all occupants of a vehicle.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Clarksville car accident lawyers have helped car accident victims get the compensation they deserve for more than 20 years. Despite our successes in the legal world, we still urge drivers and passengers to always buckle up every time they get in a car—it’s a quick and simple action that could save your life.
But no matter how your car accident injuries occurred, you can count on us to fight for your rights. Just dial (931) 274-7788 or visit our Clarksville office page to learn more.