Two Accidents Reported on I-24 in Middle TN Thursday
Two semi-trucks were involved in an accident Thursday morning, causing police and emergency responders to temporarily close the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 in Clarksville.
According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred near exit 1 near the Kentucky and Tennessee border at around 4:15 a.m.
Clarksville police received a report that a semi-truck crashed into the back of another semi-truck, resulting in a large amount of debris to fall off into the roadway.
The left lane of I-24 East was closed in addition to the off-ramp leading to exit 1 as crews worked to remove the debris from the interstate and reopen the affected lanes to traffic. No serious injuries were reported.
A second accident occurred Thursday evening on I-24 in the westbound lanes near mile marker 19 in Robertson County.
WKRN.com and Smokey Barn News report that the second accident involved six vehicles, including a U-Haul truck. No serious injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
Tennessee Auto Accident Statistics All Drivers Should Know
Truck and auto accidents happen every day in Middle Tennessee, and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office keeps data and records of all these collisions. This information is used to help make highways and interstates safer by increasing patrols, changing speed limits, and widening roadways, but it can also be used by drivers to adjust their driving habits and make themselves and their passengers safer.
Some important statistics recorded by the THSO include the following:
- There were 31,322 serious accidents in Davidson County in 2015.
The THSO found that there were more than 30,000 auto accidents in Davidson County last year. Among those accidents, 70 involved fatalities, 8,423 involved injuries, and 22,829 involved property damage of at least $400. Those numbers are higher across the board than in 2014, when there were 60 fatal accidents, 7,666 auto accident-related injuries, and 18,472 accidents involving property damage.
- Most accidents occur in Davidson County between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Time of day has a big impact on the number of accidents that occur in Middle Tennessee. The fewest accidents occurred between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., with 870 reported in 2015 in the county. The most accidents occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., with 8,220 reported in 2015 in the county. That makes that time period nearly as hazardous the next two most dangerous time periods for drivers combined, which are noon to 3 p.m. (5,329 accidents) and 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (4,605 accidents).
- Distracted driving accidents in Davidson County increased sharply in 2014.
Distracted driving contributes to more and more accidents every year, and some experts even believe that it’s as dangerous as drunk driving. The impact of these types of accidents has been prominent in Davidson County, with the number increasing since 2006 and rising sharply in 2014. In 2013, there were 1,885 distracted driving accidents, and the number increased to 2,475 in 2014 and 2,747 in 2015.
- Following too closely and failure to yield right of way are the top accident-causing errors.
Many accidents in Middle Tennessee are caused by driver error, including things like careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, failure to obey traffic signals and controls, and improper lane changing. Two of the most common driver error-related causes of accidents include following too closely, which caused nearly 60,000 accidents from 2006 to 2016, and failure to yield of right of way, which caused more than 45,000 accidents during the same time period.
It’s helpful to see the facts regarding accidents in Middle Tennessee and their common causes. Understanding what causes car accidents and when they’re most likely to occur can help drivers consider their own driving habits and be more cautious while they’re driving.
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent or careless driver, the Clarksville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law want to help you get compensation for your accident-related expenses. Our two decades of experience means we have the knowledge and the resources to build a strong claim for you and your family members. To find out how we can help you, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.