Delivery Truck Driver Cited after Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-24
An accident that involved around eight vehicles and caused one to burst into flames resulted in a delivery truck driver being cited for his role in causing the crash.
According to a report by WSMV.com, the accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 24 in Nashville near Old Hickory Boulevard on Thursday morning at around 6:30 a.m.
A spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol told reporters that the driver of the FedEx truck has been cited for driving while fatigued. The westbound lanes of I-24 were shut down for hours while emergency responders worked to extinguish the flames and clear the wreckage from the crash off the interstate.
Two of the vehicles involved in the accident were semi-trucks. No major injuries were reported, and it’s unclear if anyone was hurt as a result of the crash.
FedEx released a statement concerning the accident and said the company is cooperating with police to investigate the cause of the crash.
What Should You Do if You’re Involved in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Being involved in even a single-vehicle accident is stressful enough, and the stress only multiplies when the accident involves another vehicle. However, when several vehicles are involved, the aftermath can be confusing for victims, as it can be difficult to determine how the accident occurred, who is at fault, and whether anyone is seriously injured. Multi-vehicle accidents aren’t as common as single-vehicle accidents or accidents involving two vehicles, but it’s important for all drivers to be ready to take action if they’re involved in one.
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident involving three or more vehicles, follow these tips:
- Stay in your vehicle until you are sure that it’s safe to exit.
An accident involving two or more vehicles on a busy highway or interstate can quickly turn into a pile-up involving a dozen more additional vehicles. After a multi-vehicle accident, the safest place to be is inside your vehicle. Exit only if you’re in immediate danger due to things like fire or smoke inhalation. Getting out of your vehicle puts you at risk of being struck by other cars that are attempting to avoid the pile-up or that got pushed in your direction.
- Call 911 immediately to report the accident and get help for injured victims.
Your first move after any accident involving injuries or property damage is to call 911 and report it to police. Calling 911 not only means that a police officer will soon arrive to file an accident report, but you and any other victims can also receive treatment and transportation to local hospitals via ambulance. Stay on the line with the 911 dispatcher and provide as much information as you can about the location where the accident occurred to ensure a quicker response time.
- Contact your insurance provider and an experienced Nashville car accident lawyer.
After you’ve called 911 and received medical treatment and have been told by law enforcement that you’re free to leave the accident scene, call both your insurance provider to report the accident and an experienced Nashville car accident attorney. Failing to call your insurance provider soon after the accident can jeopardize your chances of receiving compensation, and waiting too long to get in touch with an attorney can make it more likely that crucial evidence will be missing or destroyed when it’s time to build your claim.
In addition to these tips, you should also document the crash as much as possible. Take photos of the accident scene when it’s safe to do so, exchange contact information with the other drivers, and write down an account of what happened before it fades in your memory. This information can serve as valuable evidence if you file a claim for compensation.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville car accident lawyers know how confusing and frightening multi-vehicle accidents can be for victims. That’s why we’ll do everything we can to ease the burden and allow you to concentrate on what’s important: getting better and spending time with your family. To speak with our legal team, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form. We’re ready to fight for your rights to the money you deserve.