Two Killed in Car Accidents in Nashville on Tuesday
A single-car crash claimed the life of a 27-year-old man Tuesday morning on West Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee.
A report by WKRN.com says that the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. when the man lost control of his 1992 Ford Mustang near Suplhur Creek Road.
His vehicle then struck a utility pole near the road, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Police say that there’s no evidence the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, but they did note that he may have been driving too fast for wet road conditions.
Another accident occurred in Joelton Tuesday when two vehicles collided in a head-on crash.
WKRN.com reports that the accident occurred at Whites Creek Pike and Coopertown Road. In addition to one victim suffering fatal injuries, another victim was also injured during the collision, but the extent of his or her injuries is currently unknown.
The collision caused police to shut down Whites Creek Pike at the Davidson-Robertson county line until 8 p.m. as they investigated the accident and cleared the scene for traffic.
Tips for Driving in Slick Road Conditions
Driving when roads are slick due to snow, ice, or rain can significantly increase your chances of being involved in a car accident, especially if you don’t adjust your driving habits and behavior to handle the poor road conditions. While it’s best to avoid driving during or immediately after bad weather, that’s not always possible. So if you have to head out on the roadways during heavy rainfall or after a winter storm, do your best to follow these tips:
- Reduce your speed significantly
The most important safety tip to follow when driving in bad weather conditions is to reduce your speed significantly depending on the severity of the weather. Reducing your speed makes you less likely to lose control of your vehicle if you begin to hydroplane or spin out after hitting a patch of ice or slick area of the road.
- Avoid pressing hard on your brakes
Sudden and hard braking in poor road conditions can cause your brakes to lock up or your vehicle to lose traction with the roadway. Instead of braking hard, anticipate when you need to slow down or turn and take your foot off the accelerator and allow your vehicle to begin coasting to reduce its speed. Press your brakes lightly as necessary to slow down without losing traction.
- Stay alert and watch the movements of other vehicles
Just because you’re following safe driving tips during bad weather doesn’t mean other drivers are. That’s why it’s important to always stay alert and vigilant when behind the wheel when driving in inclement weather, as other drivers may be speeding, turning too sharply, or following too closely. If you notice another driver is displaying reckless or dangerous behavior, do your best to move away from his or her vehicle.
- Turn on your headlights
Whether you’re driving in a rainstorm, a snowstorm, or in foggy conditions, your visibility may be reduced and it can be difficult for other drivers to see your vehicle. Turn your headlights or fog lights on when you’re on the road to make yourself more visible.
Matt Hardin Law’s team of Nashville car accident attorneys knows that bad weather is a significant factor in a large number of auto accidents that occur in middle Tennessee every year. Whether they’re caused by blinding rain, heavy fog, or icy roads, weather-related accidents can’t be eliminated, but their chances of occurring can be reduced by following the previous tips.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, regardless of the weather conditions, our legal team wants to hear from you. We believe that innocent victims should never be responsible for their own accident-related expenses, and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. To contact our legal team, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form today.