20 Accidents in 1 Year Reported on Music Square West in Nashville
Metro Nashville Police have received calls about a total of 20 accidents along a small stretch of Music Square West in midtown during the past year.
According to a report by WSMV.com, security cameras captured footage last week of a vehicle rolling through a stop sign and T-boning another car at an intersection on Music Square West, resulting in a rollover accident. Thankfully, both drivers were able to walk away from the accident scene.
Out of the 20 reported accidents in the past year, 11 occurred at the intersection of Music Square West and Chet Atkins Place, and two of those accidents involved injuries.
A witness of the rollover accident told reporters that drivers speed down Music Square West after exiting the nearby roundabout, and that drivers frequently miss the stop sign on Chet Atkins Place due to it being located 15 feet away from the corner.
Reporters with WSMV saw several drivers roll through the stop sign without stopping or slowing down to look for oncoming traffic before entering the intersection.
A spokesperson with Metro Public Works says the department has requested crash reports for accidents that took place in the area over the past year in order to find ways to make the street safer for drivers.
Tips for Driving through Areas with High Accident Rates
Whether you live in Nashville or anywhere else in Middle Tennessee, chances are you’re familiar with a few areas where accidents seem to occur on a frequent basis. The causes of increased accident rates can vary from road to road, but they’re often due to things like blind corners, loose asphalt or pavement, hidden stop signs, and narrow lanes.
After you’ve identified where accidents frequently occur in your area, do your best to follow these tips to reduce your risks:
- Avoid the area if possible.
The best tip for driving on stretches of roads where accidents are common is to avoid the areas completely. Take an alternate route or use detours where they’re available in order to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. Taking alternate routes can increase your travel time, but staying safer on the roadway is always worth a few minutes of extra time behind the wheel.
- Reduce your speed and avoid distractions.
Whether you’re driving on a road with frequent accidents caused by driver error or roadway defects, staying focused on the task at hand and driving at a reasonable speed can help you stay safe. It’s vital to stay aware of the movements of other vehicles, and the best way to do that is to avoid distractions like cell phones and other electronic devices.
- Be prepared to stop when passing through intersections.
Intersections are some of the most dangerous areas of roadways. When you’re approaching an intersection—especially one that you’re unfamiliar with—always be prepared to slow down or stop, even if you can’t see a stop sign. Sometimes, stop or yield signs are located near or behind buildings, trees, or other obstacles, making them difficult to see when you’re approaching the area.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and local governments and police forces work hard to keep roads in the Volunteer State safe for all drivers, but some roads can pose more dangers than others due to certain circumstances. It’s vital for all motorists to be aware of the particular demands of each roadway they travel on and to always adhere to safe driving practices, such as never driving while intoxicated, avoiding distractions, and following all traffic laws.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys know that drivers who fail to engage in safe driving behaviors can put other motorists and their passengers at serious risk. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To find out how we can assist you during this process, dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.