Multiple Injuries Reported after Crash Involving Two Vehicles and Semi-Truck
A multi-vehicle accident involving two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 East Sunday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, caused five people to suffer injuries.
A report by wkrn.com says the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when the driver of one of the vehicles fell asleep behind the wheel and collided with the barrier wall in the eastbound lanes of I-24.
After striking the barrier, another vehicle behind the accident scene crashed into the first car. That in turn caused a chain reaction crash that eventually involved the semi-truck colliding with the two vehicles.
The impact of the collision caused traffic to slow down significantly in the area as rescue crews worked to treat the victims and clear the accident scene.
All five of the accident victims were transported to local hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries.
According to wkrn.com, the accident was the second in two weeks where the chain of events caused by an initial accident in turn caused a second collision to occur on I-24 in Nashville.
What Should You Do If You See an Accident Occur?
If you drive on a regular basis, there’s a good chance you will see an accident occur on a highway or interstate. Your actions during and immediately after the accident can not only save your own life and health, but also the lives and health of the other victims.
To protect yourself, your family, and anyone involved in the accident, do your best to follow these tips:
- Pull over in a safe place and call 911.
As soon as you see an accident occur, pull your vehicle over in a safe place away from oncoming traffic and dial 911. Don’t call 911 while driving and don’t get out of your vehicle, especially if you have to cross traffic to reach the accident scene. It’s also best to put plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicles involved in the accident to avoid being involved in a chain-reaction accident.
- Provide as much information to the dispatcher as possible.
The more information you provide about the accident, the quicker rescue crews can arrive and the more effective they will be when providing aid. Tell the dispatcher things like where the accident occurred, the nearest mile marker, the lane the accident occurred in, and the location of nearby landmarks. Stay on the line as necessary to continue providing directions and information.
- Stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
The safest place to be after witnessing an accident is inside your vehicle. Trying to assist in the immediate aftermath of an accident can put your own life in danger, especially if you have to cross traffic or stand near oncoming traffic to administer aid. Only leave your vehicle and attempt to help if the dispatcher tells you to do so. Otherwise, continue providing information and wait for trained paramedics and firefighters to arrive.
The Nashville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know that many car accidents are secondary to other collisions that occur nearby. If you witness a car accident, it’s important to stay calm and do everything in your power to keep your vehicle away from the accident scene. Then, get to a safe place and contact 911 as soon as possible. Never assume that someone else has already called, as your phone call may be the one that saves lives.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, our legal is here to help investigate and do whatever it takes to you get the compensation you deserve. We don’t believe that innocent victims should have to pay for their own medical bills and lost wages, and that’s why we fight for their rights to get money for all accident-related expenses. To find out how we can help your family, dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online consultation form.