Critical Injuries Reported after Two-Vehicle Accident in Hermitage
The drivers of two vehicles were injured after they collided in Hermitage Sunday morning, with one suffering critical injuries.
According to a report by WKRN.com and witness statements to police, the accident occurred around 7 a.m. Sunday on Old Hickory Boulevard at Hills Lane when a white Nissan Altima traveling northbound drifted into the southbound lanes and struck a blue hatchback vehicle.
The impact of the collision caused the driver of the Altima to suffer serious injuries, and he or she was transported to Tri-Star Summit Medical Center in Hermitage in critical condition.
The driver of the blue hatchback vehicle also suffered injuries and was transported to the same hospital via a private vehicle.
There’s currently no word on what caused the Altima to veer into oncoming traffic before the accident occurred. Police temporarily closed the southbound lanes of Old Hickory Boulevard near the accident scene to clear the debris and investigate the cause of the accident.
How Can You Reduce Your Risks of Serious Injuries during Car Accidents?
Even the most cautious and safety-conscious drivers are still at risk of being involved in car accidents when they head out on the roadway. Whether they’re due to dangerous road conditions, vehicle defects, or the negligent behaviors of other drivers, these accidents can lead to drivers and their passengers suffering injuries that can cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills and put them out of work for weeks, months, or even years.
Fortunately, there are ways to help reduce the likelihood that you’ll suffer severe or life-threatening injuries during accidents, such as:
- Wear your seat belt.
Nothing is more effective at reducing the risk of death or serious injury during car accidents than seat belts. Seat belts not only prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from their vehicles during accidents, but they also hold them in place and prevent them from striking the steering wheel, dashboard, the seats in front of them, and even each other.
- Keep heavy and loose items in your trunk.
During car accidents, the amount of force generated and displaced in and around your vehicle doesn’t just affect you and your passengers—it also affects every object inside. Many car accident injuries are due to loose objects striking vehicle occupants during the impact of a collision. Keeping all heavy and loose items in the trunk of your car will help protect you and your passengers, whether you’re involved in a head-on collision or even a fender bender.
- Adjust your seat and headset to fit you.
Your head and neck are among the most vulnerable parts of your body during a car accident. Whiplash, concussions, and even spinal cord injuries are common when people are subjected to high levels of force, and the likelihood of those injuries only increases when people aren’t properly supported by their seats. When you’re riding in a vehicle for the first time, always make sure to adjust every aspect of your seat to maximize your comfort and to better protect yourself in the event of an accident.
In addition to these steps, it’s also important to get your vehicle regularly serviced and to pay attention to any warning lights or indicators that suggest something may be wrong, especially with any of its safety features. Air bag malfunctions or seat belts that no longer fit correctly should be looked at by professionals and repaired as soon as possible, as they can’t offer you or your passengers protection if they aren’t operating properly.
The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know the challenges that car accident victims and their families face, especially when their injuries prevent them from going back to work for long periods of time. If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
To find out how we can put our two decades of experience to work for your family, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.