Three people were seriously injured and one person was killed during a four-vehicle accident on Montgomery County on Monday.
Per a report by Clarksville Now, the crash happened on Highway 149 at around noon. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s investigation revealed that a vehicle driven by a 74-year-old woman from Tennessee Ridge was traveling westbound when it crossed the center line and rear-ended a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old woman.
The impact of that collision caused the 74-year-old woman’s vehicle to sideswipe a vehicle in the eastbound lanes. Another vehicle that was also traveling eastbound swerved to avoid the crash and was struck head-on by the 74-year-old woman’s car.
A spokesperson with the THP says that the 74-year-old woman was killed in the accident, and a 20-year-old woman, 47-year-old man, and a 48-year-old man were also injured during the crash. Two of the surviving victims were transported to a local hospital via ground ambulances and another victim was transported to Nashville via LifeFlight helicopter.
Law enforcement officers and emergency responders closed Highway 149 in both directions between Ussery Road and Lewis Lane until around 4 p.m.
What Are Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents?
When more than two vehicles are involved in accidents, the risks that victims will suffer serious injuries increase significantly. In some cases, vehicles may get struck multiple times by other cars, trucks, or SUVs—and often from different directions. Those types of impacts can be extremely dangerous for drivers and passengers.
Some of the most common causes of these types of crashes include:
- Following too closely
Many multi-vehicle accidents are chain-reaction pileups caused by a single vehicle following another too closely. When that happens, drivers may not have enough time to react to things like other vehicles slowing down or stopping. High-speed rear-end collisions can result in multiple vehicles crashing into each other, and in some cases pile-ups can involve dozens of vehicles, especially when they happen on highways and interstates.
- Failure to adjust to inclement weather
Driving in snow, ice, rain, and fog increases the risk of accidents, so it’s up to drivers to adjust their speed, braking, and caution to avoid crashes. When drivers are negligent and speed, take turns too fast, or fail to apply their brakes on time, they can crash into other vehicles or cause accidents due to drivers swerving to avoid collisions.
- High traffic densities
In some cases, additional vehicles become involved in crashes simply due to their proximity to collisions. When two vehicles collide on a busy highway or interstate, a third vehicle may sustain damage due to being close to the accident scene. And when traffic is exceptionally heavy, several vehicles may be involved, as accidents happen quickly and drivers may be unable to react in time.
There is occasionally a delay in multi-vehicle accidents between the initial crash and secondary crashes. This often occurs due to rubbernecking. That term refers to when drivers take their eyes off the road and instead look at nearby accident scenes. Their distraction can cause them to drift into the path of stopped or damaged vehicles, resulting in pile-ups.
The victims of multi-vehicle accidents are at high risk of suffering painful, debilitating, and disabling injuries to their heads, necks, backs, and other parts of their bodies. At Matt Hardin Law, it’s our goal to fight for the rights of people who were injured in accidents that were caused by other drivers.
Were you or someone you know injured in a multi-vehicle crash? Our Clarksville auto accident attorneys can investigate the accident and determine if another driver’s negligence contributed to the accident. If so, we’ll do everything in our power to hold him or her responsible for your accident-related expenses. We’re dedicated to getting injured victims like you maximum compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.
Get in touch with our legal team today to find how we can assist your family. Dial (931) 274-7788 or complete a free online consultation form.