Jefferson Street Bridge Briefly Shut Down Wednesday after Head-On Collision
A serious accident involving a pickup truck and an SUV caused Metro Nashville Police officers to close Jefferson Street Bridge for several hours on Wednesday as they worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene.
According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred when the driver of the green truck was heading eastbound on Jefferson Street and crossed the center yellow line, causing him to strike the gold Toyota SUV head-on.
The impact of the collision caused both drivers to suffer injuries, and both were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive treatment. The severity of their injuries and their current conditions are unknown at this time.
Police and emergency responders were able to reopen the eastbound lanes of the bridge shortly after the accident, but the westbound lanes remained closed for some time after the crash.
No additional information about the accident has been released at this time.
How Can You Reduce Your Chances of Being Involved in a Head-On Collision?
All car accidents can be dangerous and cause drivers and passengers to suffer serious injuries, but head-on collisions are among the most likely to cause disabling and even life-threatening injuries. Although you can’t completely eliminate your chances of being involved in a head-on collision, there are certain steps you can take while driving to significantly reduce your risks.
The next time you head out on a roadway in Middle Tennessee, do your best to follow these tips to help keep yourself and your family safe:
- Avoid distractions.
Distracted driving is a common cause of head-on collisions. When drivers look away from the roadway for even a brief moment, their vehicles can drift into oncoming traffic. In fact, vehicles can travel dozens of feet in a very short amount of time, which means that crossing the median or the yellow divider can happen in a split second. Keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel can help prevent these types of head-on collisions.
- Reduce your speed when navigating tight turns.
Hairpin turns represent serious head-on collision risks, as drivers can easily cross the center line and drift into the paths of oncoming vehicles. When traveling on roadways with tight turns, reduce your speed and be careful to stay in your lane at all times. If the roadway is exceptionally narrow, allow other vehicles to pass before navigating the turn.
- Pay attention to “Do Not Enter” and “One Way” street signs.
Another common cause of head-on collisions is drivers entering roadways traveling in the wrong direction. Whether it’s entering a highway or interstate traveling in the opposite direction, or turning down a one-way street in an urban area, failing to pay attention to or heed warning signs can put you and your passengers at serious risk of being injured in a head-on collision.
The victims of head-on collisions often suffer serious injuries that can be both disabling and even fatal. Injuries caused by these types of accidents include head injuries that range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries that can result in paralysis, and even internal bleeding and organ damage. At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys know how devastating the aftermath of head-on collisions can be, and that’s why we want to help victims and their families get through this difficult time.
If you or someone you love was recently injured as a result of a head-on collision caused by a negligent or careless driver, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At our law firm, we believe that victims should never be responsible for expenses they incur due to another person’s poor decisions. Let us fight for your rights today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.